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Sale: CNG 73, Lot: 702. Estimate $3000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 13 September 2006. 
Sold For $4600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CORINTHIA, Corinth. Marcus Aurelius. AD 161-180. Æ 27mm (12.65 g, 3h). Laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder / The Acrocorinth: Temple of Aphrodite on precipitous hill, two shrines and tree at base. BCD Corinth 71 (placement of reverse legend); SNG Copenhagen -; SNG Hunterian 465 (same dies). Good VF, red-brown patina, light smoothing. Rare and an exceptional architectural type.

Ex Künker 111 (18 March 2006), lot 6802.

Sacked by the consul Lucius Mummius in 146 BC, Corinth was refounded by Julius Caesar as a Roman colony in 44 BC, shortly before his assassination. The most significant feature of the city was its acropolis, known as the Acrocorinth, a formidable natural fortress that dominated the southern Isthmus of Corinth, thus controlling the only land route into the Peloponnesus.