Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Al Kowsky, Aug 18, 2019.
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This Tet looks like a gem mint state coin from Antioch, Syria ! Despite the doubling on the reverse the image of the eagle hasn't been impaired. The coin looks like unusually good metal for a war issue .
Thanks Al, just want to stay on par with you!!- you always post amazing stuff
@Al Kowsky !
You have already seen my Caracalla from Antioch, but I can't resist posting it again, just for having them together on the same thread
Caracalla, Tetradrachm - Antioch mint, c.209-212 AD
AVT KAI ANTWNEIN C CEB, Laureate bust of Caracalla right
DHMARX.....PATO.TO.TOG, Eagle facing with wreath in beak
Ref : Sear #2649 var, Prieur # 214A_001 (unique to date with this reverse legend lacking C : "should" be TOC.TOG. Thanks to Michel Prieur (RIP) for the additionnal informations)
Seeing this coin is always a treat . The portrait is breathtaking .
Left facing portraits of Caracalla are rare compared to the standard right facing portraits. I've had many left facing portraits on Tets & bronze folles, but never on a Caracalla Tet .
Caracalla AR tetradrachm / eagle on wheat (Cyprus mint)
That's a nice looking Ex Fine Tet from a scarce mint too . Collecting a type set of Tets with different mint marks in choice condition was a long time goal of mine too. Escalating prices forced me to abandon that goal . For too long provincial silver coins were under priced until some excellent reference books appeared in the market. There are still bargains to be had in provincial bronze coins, but finding examples in V.F. condition or better is a real challenge .
Impressive the facial expression depicted here.
I can't say that I have a goal of finishing the set but I intend to gather a few that appeal to me along the way. It will be easier for me since I do not reject imperfect coins when they have something going for them.
I don't often lower my condition standards but I did on the Caracalla Tet pictured. Not only is the portrait outstanding but the coin cost less than the price of the slab . The slab grade was XL, but I think it's no better than VF+.
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