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352, Lot: 344. Estimate $75.
Sold for $80. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CAPPADOCIA, Caesarea-Eusebia. Gordian III. AD 238-244. Æ (25mm, 11.51 g, 12h). Dated RY 4 (AD 240/1). Laureate head right; countermark: laureate male(?) head right within circular incuse punch / Agalma of Mt. Argaeus set on altar inscribed ЄNTI; ЄT Δ (date) in exergue. Bland, Bronze 75; Sydenham, Caesarea Supp. 607a-b var. (obv. bust type); Howgego – (for countermark). Near VF, reddish-brown patina with some green highlights; countermark: Fine.

From the Dr. George Spradling Collection.

ЄNTI[XION] refers to the building of city walls around Caesarea, towers of which are depicted on some very rare tridrachms of Gordian III from year 3 (see Bland, Last 13-14).