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Research Coins: Feature Auction

 
650730
Sale: Triton VII, Lot: 730. Estimate $1500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 12 January 2004. 
Sold For $1200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CILICIA, Mallus. Antinoüs, favorite of Hadrian. Died 130 AD. Æ 15mm (8.26 gm). ANTINOON HRWA [PR]O, bare-headed, heroic bust right / MALLWTWN, tripod with censer, serpent entwined around legs. Blum -; BMC Lycaonia -; SNG Levante -; SNG France -; SNG Copenhagen -; SNG von Aulock -. Near VF, green and red patina. An apparently unique and unpublished type. ($1500)

This obverse legend is otherwise only known from Delphi (cf. Blum 4), where it is completed as Antinoon Hrwa Propulaion, "Antinoüs hero, before the gateway", by extension to propolou, "one who serves a god". Antinoüs' status as a favorite of the emperor, and his early, tragic death made him a prime intermediary between mortals and the gods.