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Triton XXIII – Session Three – Roman Imperial Coinage Part II through World Coinage Part I

Lot nuber 827

Trebonianus Gallus. AD 251-253. Æ (21.5mm, 3.13 g, 12h). Alexandria Troas mint.


Triton XXIII – Session Three – Roman Imperial Coinage Part II through World Coinage Part I
Lot: 827.
 Estimated: $ 500

Roman Imperial, Bronze

Sold For $ 950. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Trebonianus Gallus. AD 251-253. Æ (21.5mm, 3.13 g, 12h). Alexandria Troas mint. I[MP] VIB TREB GALLVS [AV], laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / [CO] L AV G around, [T]ROAD in exergue, tripod; to right, Apollo, nude to the waist, seated left, holding arrows with his extended right hand, his left hand rests on seat; to left, the priest Krinis, nude to the waist, seated right; at his feet, forepart of hound sniffing the ground; between Apollo and Krinis, the herdsman Orodes standing right, holding pedum; above, uncertain animal pierced by arrow. RPC IX 413 (same dies as illustrated specimen); Bellinger A402; A.R. Bellinger, “The Late Bronze of Alexandria Troas,” ANSMN 8 (1958), Type 20, pl. VII, 20; SNG Hunter 1289. Attractive dark green patina, some peripheral striking weakness and adjustment marks. EF. Rare mythological type. The authors of RPC cite only ten specimens, all struck from the same pair of dies.

The reverse represents the reconciliation between Apollo Smintheus and his priest Krinis, both enjoying the hospitality of the herdsman Orodes. According to the local legend (Iliad I. 39), Apollo, angered at his priest, sent a plague of mice to devastate the crops, but later repenting, he appeared to Orodes the herdsman who hospitably received him, and Apollo promised to kill the mice with his arrows. The animal represented on this coin, which is pierced by an arrow, could represent one of the mice.

The final winners of all Triton XXIII lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 14-15 January 2020. Triton XXIII – Session Three – Roman Imperial Coinage Part II through World Coinage Part II will be held Wednesday morning, 15 January 2020 beginning at 9:00 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and in person at the public auction, 22.50% for all others.