. PONTOS, Amasia. Geta (Caesar, 198-209) Dated CY 208 (208/9) AE, 31 mm, 16.73 gm Obv: [Π?] CЄΠTIMI ΓЄ[TAC + illegible under bust] sandwiched between dotted borders; bareheaded, draped and cuirassed bust right Rev: AΔ CЄV ANT AMA[illegible] / ЄT CH; Altar of Zeus Strateus, surmounted by eagle standing facing, head left, wreath in beak, with wings spread; tree to left. Reference: W. H. Waddington, Recueil général des monnaies grecques d'Asie Mineure, Volume 1, Part 1, p. 40, #96 (variant; obverse legend and style; reverse legend) Coins from Amasia with the Altar of Zeus Strateus reverse have been shown a few times on CoinTalk but I wouldn't say they're a frequent guest. The coins don't seem to be rare per se, just scarce on CT. Not sure why. This one caught my eye because of the lovely portrait, the unusual slant of the altar, and one more very specific thing that really piqued my interest. Something I hadn't seen before on an ancient coin. On medievals, yes, but not ancient. See it yet? No? I'll give you a minute. . . . . The obverse legend is sandwiched between two dotted borders . I've not seen this before. Have any of you seen an ancient coin (provincial) with this arrangement? (Do you even care?) I like it. There are only a few of these Amasia Geta altar coins in ACsearch and none have the legend sandwich. There are a few on Vcoins right now too. No legend sandwiches there either. Also, the sloped altar is puzzling. Looking through all Altar of Zeus Strateus (or Stratios) coins in ACsearch and other places, I see none like it. The reverse looks like it may have been double-struck (look at the legend at ~10:30-12:00). Could the slanted altar top be due to an oblique strike? Seeing the coin in hand, I don't think that's the explanation for the slanted altar top. Honestly, I'm not sure what to make of it and haven't examined it thoroughly since I received it just last night, plus I haven't thoroughly explored online information. I haven't even gone to my storage locker to dig through my numismatic books. I haven't spent much time trying to discern and decipher the legends, which clearly vary from the auction listing and Waddington entry. And the Altar of Zeus Strateus... who? What? Where? I'm not finding any mentions of this altar in the area where the coin was struck. I found mention of and ruins of one in Greece and in a different part of Asia Minor. Who decided the altar on this coin was of Zeus Strateus, and why? (It is entirely possible that this question might be answered by one of many books in my storage locker, or by a more concerted effort at internet research .) That's why I've posted so few coins this year. I buy them, have grand plans to research them for a writeup, but end up with more questions than answers and no time to pursue it further. I show them to friends in private messages but never get around to posting them on the public board so this time I'm forcing myself to not wait until all loose ends are tied up neatly. ... To sum up: Here's a cool coin I bought! ... Opinions, answers, and additional questions are welcome. Oh, here's a quickie in-hand video.