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Research Coins: Feature Auction

 
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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 1760. Estimate $1500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $900. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

GALATIA, Claudiconium (Iconium). Claudius. 41-54 AD. Æ 19mm (4.73 gm). Issued under the legate Annius Afrinus. ANNIOC AFREINOC, bare head of Annius Afrinus right / KLAUÐEIKONIEWN, the hero Perseus standing left, holding the head of Medusa and a harpa. RPC I 3543; von Aulock, Lykaoniens 245-249. Good VF, green patina with some flaking. Extremely rare, one of only six known. ($1500)

It is unusual at this date that a governor would place his own portrait, rather than that of the emperor, on his coinage.