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Triton XXIV

Lot nuber 1137

Jotapian. Usurper, circa AD 248-249. Antoninianus (20.5mm, 3.64 g, 12h). Nicopolis in Seleucia mint.

Triton XXIV
Lot: 1137.
 Estimated: $ 7 500

Roman Imperial, Coin-in-Hand Video, Silver

Sold For $ 11 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Jotapian. Usurper, circa AD 248-249. Antoninianus (20.5mm, 3.64 g, 12h). Nicopolis in Seleucia mint. IM C M F RV IOTΛPIΛNVS, radiate and cuirassed bust right / VIC TO RIA AVG, Victory advancing left, holding wreath in right hand and palm frond in left. RIC IV 2c; Bland 6a/11a (Obv. die III/Rev. die viii – [unlisted die combination]); RSC 2 (same obv. die as illustration); PCR 803 (same obv. die as illustration). Lightly toned, usual rough surfaces. VF. Very rare.

Jotapian led a short-lived revolt in Syria in the autumn of AD 249 while Philip I was still emperor. Little is known of Jotapian’s background. It was said that he boasted of a relationship to Severus Alexander, and his unusual name, although otherwise unknown for a man, is attested in its feminine form "Jotape" in the royal houses of Commagene and Emesa. The extreme rarity of his coins indicates that the revolt was brief, and the crude style proves that the revolt was geographically confined, for Jotapian plainly did not control a major Roman mint. His head was brought to Rome and shown to Trajan Decius "as was customary, although Decius had not asked for it" (Aur. Vict., Caes. 29.4). In his corpus of Jotapian's coins, Bland cites 18 antoniniani in total.

The final winners of all Triton XXIV lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 19-20 January 2021. This lot is in Session Four, which begins 20 January 2021 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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