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Electronic Auction 491

Lot nuber 215

CILICIA, Mallus. Otho(?). AD 69. Æ (25mm, 9.67 g, 12h).

Electronic Auction 491
Lot: 215.

Roman Provincial, Bronze

Estimate: $ 1 000

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CILICIA, Mallus. Otho(?). AD 69. Æ (25mm, 9.67 g, 12h). Laureate head right / Facing cult statue of Athena Magarsis, holding spear. RPC Suppl. 4024A/1 = J. Muona, “An intriguing new coin from Mallus, Cilicia,” Scripta varia numismatico Tuukka Talvio (2008), pp. 29-30; Heritage 3024, lot 24793; CNG 105, lot 581. Rough dark green patina with traces of red, some cleaning scratches, reverse edge flaw. VF. Very rare.

In the initial publication of this interesting coin, Jyrki Muona argued that the portrait is of Otho and shows the influence of the Antioch mint, while the latest RPC supplement leans toward an attribution to Galba, based primarily on the hooked nose (see also RPC I 4024 for another coin tentatively assigned to Galba). The note in the RPC supplement suggesting that the “M” in the obverse legend could be read as “AΛ” of “ΓAΛ(BA),” however, should be discounted. At present the identification is uncertain – while the hooked nose certainly recalls Galba, the youthful portrait is more appropriate for Otho.

Closing Date and Time: 5 May 2021 at 11:11:20 ET.

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