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Interesting Obverse Legend

213, Lot: 306. Estimate $500.
Sold for $386. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CILICIA, Mallus. Pseudo-autonomous issue. Time of Trajan Decius, circa AD 249-251. Æ 32mm (23.41 g, 6h). SACRA SINATVS, veiled and draped personification of the (female) Roman Senate right / Turreted figure of Tyche seated left, flanked by two standards marked S C; below, two river gods swimming in opposite directions; all within wreath. SNG France 1928 (same obv. die); SNG Levante 1286 (same dies). VF, green patina, small pit on reverse.

Although senatus in Latin is a masculine noun, its Greek equivalent, Βολη, is feminine. Moreover, the long ‘e’ has been changed to an ‘i’, indicating the engraver of the legend was a Greek who did not know his Latin.