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Electronic Auction 557

Lot nuber 259

ASIA MINOR, Uncertain. Augustus. 27 BC-AD 14. Æ (20mm, 7.57 g, 12h). VF.

Electronic Auction 557
Lot: 259.
 Estimated: $ 100

Roman Provincial, Bronze

Sold For $ 160. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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ASIA MINOR, Uncertain. Augustus. 27 BC-AD 14. Æ (20mm, 7.57 g, 12h). Bare head right / Spear, sella quaestoria, and fiscus; Q below sella. RPC I 5409; AMNG II 29 (Pella) note; FITA 13-19 (Thessalonica[?]). Earthen red-brown patina, light pitting. VF.

From the St. George Collection.

The similarity of this coin's reverse to that of Aesillas led to the earlier attribution of this issue to Macedonia. Unlike the more typical club of Hercules, the presence of a spear (hasta) suggested the issuer to be an as-yet-unknown quaestor propraetore, who, unlike Aesillas, would have held the power of imperium. Based on this assumption, Grant gave the issue to M. Acilius at Thessalonica, whom he tentatively identified as Caesar's governor of Macedonia in the final year of the Dictator's life.

The style of the portrait is identical to a coin of the possible Cilician Colonia Iulia Veteranorum (RPC I 4082). That coin bears the additional obverse legend PRINCEPS FELIX, a title which clearly identifies the portrait as Augustus. Imhoof-Blumer and Grant both assigned the issue to the southwestern areas of the Black Sea, but to date no specimen of our coin has turned up in sites there, as one might expect if that region were its point of origin. Since the publication of RPC I, four specimens have been recorded in the Amasya Museum, with additional specimens in Samsun and Amasra, indicating without any real doubt an origin in northern Asia Minor.

Closing Date and Time: 6 March 2024 at 11:26:00 ET.

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