Mystery provincial - centaur reverse

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  1. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    This small, 16mm provincial coin is strange and doesn't ring any bells.

    Obverse says "AVT---DIANOS"(?) with bare head right.
    Reverse "D--POL--" with a centaur(?) advancing left.

    I can't even begin to a guess. The only emperor I can think of with -DIANO- would be Gordian, but I don't see any examples even close in Wildwinds.
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  3. Sulla80

    Sulla80 one coin at a time Supporter

    I like Gordian here's one possibility:
    MESOPOTAMIA, Singara. Gordian III. AD 238-244. Æ 19mm (7.47 g, 7h). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / Centaur (Sagittarius) advancing right, shooting arrow; in background, vexillum inscribed ΛЄ/Γ in two lines. BMC -; SNG Copenhagen -; SNG Hunterian -; cf. Lindgren & Kovacs 2625; Mionnet suppl. VIII 81. Near VF, mottled red and brown patina.
    From the J.S. Wagner Collection.
  4. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Thanks! That looks close. My guy has an odd head, but Gordian does seem the most likely
  5. shanxi

    shanxi Well-Known Member

  6. Sulla80

    Sulla80 one coin at a time Supporter

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  7. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Weird, that’s about the last thing I would have thought about! Thanks!
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