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CNG Feature Auction 115

Lot nuber 521

EGYPT, Alexandria. Philip I. AD 244-249. Potin Tetradrachm (24mm, 11.59 g, 12h). Dated RY 4 (AD 246/247).

CNG Feature Auction 115
Lot: 521.
 Estimated: $ 300

Roman Provincial, Potin

Sold For $ 550. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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EGYPT, Alexandria. Philip I. AD 244-249. Potin Tetradrachm (24mm, 11.59 g, 12h). Dated RY 4 (AD 246/247). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Radiate and draped bust of Sarapis-Pantheos right, wearing kalathos with a horn to either side, and the horn of Ammon; before, cornucopia of Nilus; over his right shoulder, trident of Poseidon entwined with serpent of Asklepios; L ∆ (date) across field. Köln 2732; Dattari (Savio) 4916; K&G 74.73; RPC VIII Online 2808/21 (this coin cited and illustrated); Emmett 3510.4. Dark brown surfaces with some bare metal on the highpoints. VF.

From the Stein A. Evensen Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 79 (17 September 2008), lot 746 (hammer $1200).

Sarapis was a syncretic god, combining Hellenistic Greek and Egyptian religious beliefs. His name is of Egyptian origin and derives from a synthesis of Ausar (Greek, Osiris), the Egyptian god of the Underworld, and Hapi (Greek, Apis), a manifestation of the god Ptah. Under the Ptolemies, Sarapis became the chief tutelary god and the subject of a royally-sponsored cult, whose emphasis on an afterlife made the worship of Sarapis one of the more popular mystery cults. His immense popularity soon extended to his creation as Sarapis-Pantheos, a hybrid deity incorporating other divine elements. In the case of the present specimen, he is depicted with the radiate crown of Helios, his own kalathos, the ram’s horn of Ammon, the cornucopia of Nilus, and the trident of Poseidon entwined with the serpent of Asklepios.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 115 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 16-17 September 2020. This lot is in Session 2, which begins 16 September 2020 at 2 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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