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CNG 109, Lot: 500. Estimate $500.
Sold for $380. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EGYPT, Alexandria. Julia Maesa. Augusta, AD 218-224/5. Potin Tetradrachm (23.3mm, 15.02 g, 1h). Dated RY 2 of Elagabalus (AD 218/219). IOY MAICA CEB MH(tηρ) CTPA(τοπέδοu), draped bust right / Draped bust of Selene right; crescent moon before; L B (date) behind. Köln 2354; Dattari (Savio) 4231 var. (obv. legend); K&G 61.5; Emmet 3066.2 (R3). Nice VF, dark gray surfaces. Rare.

From the New Orleans Collection. Ex Philip DeVicci Collection (Classical Numismatic Group 53, 15 March 2000), lot 1236.

The obverse legends on nearly all of Maesa’s Alexandrian coinage style her as “mother of the camp” (MH[τηρ] CTPA[τοπέδου]).