Antioch-Syria, Hostilian as Caesar, AD 251, Billon Tetradrachm: 11.74 gm, 27 mm, 8 h, 7th Officina. Obverse: Bare-headed bust of Hostilian facing right, draped, seen from the front, mintmark Z under bust. Reverse: Eagle standing right on palm branch, with wreath in beak. McAlee 1160 e (Ex. Rare), Prieur 652 (2 coins cited). McAlee states "All varieties are rare, and Hostilian's Antiochene provincial coins are the rarest of the emperors of the 3rd century." All his tetradrachms were struck as Caesar, but the mint at Antioch did strike antoniniani with the title of Augustus, and those coins are rare. Despite the odd shape and the porosity, my coin has an attractive dark find patina that hasn't been impaired by cleaning. Browsing thru Wild Winds, I found an obverse die match for my coin pictured below. It was posted by Tkalec Auctions, May 2011, lot 262, 12.52 gm, 26 mm. The coin pictured below, McAlee 1160 d, was recently auctioned by Heritage for $1,140.00, well beyond my budget. References: The Coins of Roman Antioch, Richard McAlee, 2007 The Syro-Phoenician Tetradrachms and Their Fractions, from 57 BC to AD 253, Michel and Karin Prieur, 2000 Heritage Auctions CT members are welcome to post any coins of Hostilian on this thread .