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CNG 91, Lot: 610. Estimate $500.
Sold for $2100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch. Nerva. AD 96-98. AR Tetradrachm (26mm, 15.08 g, 12h). Dated “New Holy Year” 2 (AD 97/8). Laureate bust right, wearing aegis / Eagle standing right on thunderbolt, with wings spread; palm frond to right, date around. McAlee 420; Prieur 150. Good VF, lightly toned, minor deposits. Great portrait. Rare.

From Group CEM.

All of Nerva’s year 2 tetradrachms from Antioch include the title Germanicus, which he received around November AD 97. Since he died just a few months later at the end of January 98, all of his coins of this date are rare, with Prieur knowing of only 8 specimens at the time of his publication.