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Research Coins: Feature Auction

Sale: Triton V, Lot: 1730. Estimate $750. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $1100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CARIA, Aphrodisias. Gordian III. 238-244 AD. Æ 3 Assaria (21.86 gm). AVK MAN GOPÐIANOC CE, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right / AFR-O-D-EI, CIEWN, cult-statue of Aphrodite right on plinth between small figure of priestess(?) and low altar with conical cover(?); on either side, cippus surmounted by Eros, poised on one leg, holding torch toward cult statue. MacDonald Type 180 (dies O229/R418); Hunterian 4; BMC Caria pg. 46, 126; Cornell 105 (this coin). VF, dark brown patina with earthen highlights. ($750)

From the David Simpson Collection.