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Sale: Triton VII, Lot: 777. Estimate $400. 
Closing Date: Monday, 12 January 2004. 
Sold For $550. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CILICIA, Mallus. Autonomous issue. Time of Trajan Decius, circa 249-251 AD. Æ 31mm (16.21 gm). SACRA SINATUS, veiled and draped personification of the (female) Roman Senate right / MALLO COLONIA, turreted figure of Tyche seated left, flanked by two standards marked SC; two river gods below, all within wreath. SNG Levante 1286 (this coin); SNG France 1928; BMC Lycaonia -; SNG Copenhagen -; SNG von Aulock -. Good VF, attractive green and brown patina. ($400)

Although senatus in Latin is a masculine noun, its Greek equivalent, bolh, is feminine. Moreover, the long e has been changed to an i, indicating the writer of the legend was a Greek who didn't know his Latin.