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Sale: Nomos 6, Lot: 151. Estimate CHF5000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 7 May 2012. 
Sold For CHF5000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Kibyra. Faustina II. 147-176. Tetrassarion (Bronze, 35mm, 22.58 g 7), alliance issue with Hierapolis, signed by the magistrate Cl. Philocles, 160s-170s. ΦΑΥCΤΕΙΝΑ CΕΒΑCΤΗ Draped bust of Faustina to right, her bound up with pearls in a bun at the back. Rev. ΚΙΒΥΡΑΤΩΝ Κ ΙΕΡΑΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ ΕΠΙ.ΚΛ.ΦΙΛΟΚΛΕΟC // ΟΜΟ-ΝΟΙ-Α On the left, Leto of Hierapolis, draped, veiled, and holding two infants at her breast, standing right, facing Zeus of Kibyra, seated left on throne, holding long scepter in his left hand and an eagle in his right. BMC 96 = Franke/Nolle 984 (same dies). Very rare, only eight examples, from a single obverse and three reverse dies, were known to Franke/Nolle. An unusually attractive example with fine surfaces, a lovely portrait and light brown patina. Flan fault on the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.

From the M Collection, ex Gemini II, 11 January 2006,486.