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Triton XV, Lot: 1432. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $6500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

PHOENICIA, Berytus. Macrinus. AD 217-218. Æ (29mm, 21.40 g, 12h). • IMP • CAES • MACRINVS • AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right, gorgoneion on breastplate / COL I-V-L AVG FEL around, BER in exergue, Astarte, holding stylis in right hand and placing left foot on prow, standing facing within tetrastyle temple, being crowned by Nike on column to right; flanking figures, genii on shorter columns, holding globes; flanking temple stairway, winged genii, each holding trident, riding dolphins; globule or shield in pediment; the following acroteria along roofline: two Nikai holding billowing veils and Poseidon abducting the nymph Beroea. Sawaya - (D329/R- [unlisted rev. die]); Rouvier 566; BMC 165 (same obv. die). EF, tan patina. Choice portrait.

From Group CEM. Ex E.P. Nicolas Collection (Kampmann, 9 March 1982), lot 608.