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Triton XX, Lot: 456. Estimate $7500.
Sold for $6000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

LYDIA, Sardis. Geta. AD 209-211. Æ Medallion (43mm, 41.33 g, 5h). Admitos, strategos for the third time. • AVTOK • KAI • Π • CЄΠ ΓЄTAC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / ЄΠI • CTPA • AΔMHTOV • Γ •, CAPΔIANΩN/• B • NЄΩKOPΩ/N, Geta and Caracalla on horseback left, each with right hand raised, about to trample two bound captives, their shields thrown on groundline below horses. Unpublished in the standard references, but see SNG Righetti 1088 and Waddington 7058 for the same type for Caracalla. Near EF, green-brown patina.

A particularly bold portrait of a mature Geta. The same obverse die was used to strike very rare “homonoia” medallions commemorating an alliance between Sardis and Ephesus (Franke & Nollé 1840).