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Coin ID #5879

Tarsos (AD 235-238) AE 37 - Maximinus I

Maximinus I, 235-238 AD. AE37 (19.31g). VT.K.Γ.IOV.OVH.MAΞIMEINOC, draped, cuirassed, radiate bust right, in field Π-Π / TAPCOV THC MHTPOΠOLEΩ[C], Apollo Lykeios, nude, laureate, standing frontal, holding a dead wolf in each hand; AMK in left field, Γ.B in right field. Rare, about VF. Hoeft coll.

AMK stands for 'the First, the Biggest, the most Beautiful', granted to the city in 215 AD upon Caracalla's campaign against the Parthians. Γ.B = 3.2, capital of three provinces, keeper of two neocorates (Curtis Clay).
The two animals are not wolfs but dogs, symbolizing Mopsus and Amphilochus, called 'the dogs of Apollo' by Lychopron, a 3rd century poet. (Pat Lawrence)

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City/Mint name:Tarsos
Rating (1 votes):00000
Keywords:bronze / roman
References:SNG Levante 1099 (this coin); SNG France 1590 (same dies)
Valuation:CNG Auc. 70 (9/2005), lot 578 ($425 + comm)
Photo courtesy of:CNG -
Filesize:84 KiB
Date added:May 07, 2009
Dimensions:500 x 235 pixels
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