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Ancient Greek and Roman coins from Asia Minor

Coin ID #9126

Otros (AD 198-217) AE 31 - Caracalla

Caracalla, 198-217 AD. AE31 (14.68g, 1h). Mesandros, asiarch. Laureate and cuirassed bust right, slight drapery / Apollo standing facing, head left, holding plectrum and kithara. Good VF, attractive green patina. From Group CEM.

This obverse die was also used to strike coins for Bruzus, an equally rare city (see Kraft pl. 82, 48a-b). The reverse indicates that the asiarch (or “ruler of Asia”, a highly distinguished office during the Roman period) had the issue struck at his own expense.

File information
City/Mint name:Otros
Keywords:roman / bronze
References:Hans von Aulock, Phrygiens 790 (citing only one specimen, in the Boston MFA; same dies); SNG München -; SNG von Aulock -; BMC -
Valuation:CNG Auc. 90 (5/2012), lot 1062 ($700 + comm)
Photo courtesy of:Classical Numismatic Group -
Filesize:98 KiB
Date added:Jun 23, 2012
Dimensions:800 x 393 pixels
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