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Triton XXI, Lot: 795. Estimate $500.
Sold for $600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Caracalla. AD 198-217. Æ (28mm, 14.69 g, 6h). Zela (Pontus) mint. Dated CY 142 (AD 205/6). AY KAI M AYP-H A[NTωNINOC], laureate head right / ZHΛI-TωN TOV [ΠONT], tetrastyle temple with central arcade containing NЄI/Kω/CIN/ OI KY/PIOI in five lines; ЄT PMR (date) in exergue. DRA 74a, pl. VI = W. Weiser, “Römische Stadtmünzen aus Bithynia et Pontus: Addenda und Corrigenda zum Recueil Géneral, “ RSN 68 (1989), 24, pl. IV (this coin). VF, even brown surfaces. Seemingly unique with legend within temple.

From the A.K. Collection. Ex Aufhäuser 5 (5 October 1988), lot 348.

The central reverse legend proclaims a pending victory for the emperors Septimius Severus and Caracalla. Weiser concluded that this must be a general acclamation alluding to their continued success in military affairs, rather than an allusion to a specific, forthcoming campaign.