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Triton XX, Lot: 451. Estimate $10000.
Sold for $8000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

PONTUS, Amisus. Caracalla. AD 198-217. Æ Medallion (36mm, 27.38 g, 5h). Dated CY 230 (AD 198/9). AVT K M AVP ANTΩ–NЄINOC CЄB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / A–MI–COV/ ЄΛЄVTЄPAC/ • ЄT • CΛ • (date), Nike, holding filleted palm frond in right hand, driving biga left. Cf. RG 112b, pl. Suppl. H, 10 (same rev. for Septimius); otherwise unpublished in the standard references. EF, green patina, minor smoothing in fields, light graffito in field on reverse. An extremely rare and attractive piece.

Ex Numismatica Genevensis SA V (2 December 2008), lot 268; Tkalec (9 May 2005), lot 309.

A seemingly unique medallion with a handsome, delicately-rendered portrait of a youthful Caracalla. Similar types were also struck late in Caracalla’s reign (see RG 118; SNG Copenhagen 192).