CILICIA, Anazarbus. Germanicus.
|CNG 88, Lot: 943. Estimate $1500.
Sold for $8000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
Caesar, 15 BC-AD 19. Æ Diassarion (31mm, 17.72 g, 12h). Dated CY 67 (AD 48/9). Bare head right / Laureate head of Zeus Olybris right before mountain with acropolis; ETOYΣ ZΞ (date) in exergue. Ziegler - (V1/ - [unlisted rev. die]); RPC 4060 (same obv. die); SNG France -; SNG Levante 1366. Near EF, dark green patina, minor adjustment marks on reverse. A great portrait and highly interesting reverse type.
From Group CEM.
RPC gives three possible identifications for the figure on the obverse: Claudius, Britannicus, and Germanicus. Britannicus is the most easily dismissable attribution; as RPC notes (p. 595) the nomenclature would be unlikely for such a date. Levante and Ziegler describe the figure as Claudius (the latter with a question mark), but the varying portrait style and the obverse legend “TIBERIOC KΛAΔIOC KAICAP” on a parellel issue of the same year casts serious doubt. Germanicus then seems the most likely.