Severus Alexander Cappadocia, Caesarea - Legend Error?

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  1. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    I thought I'd get a second set(s) of eyeballs on this before I called "error" on this.

    It is a worn Severus Alexander AE from Cappadocia, Caesarea with the Mt. Argeaus on an altar reverse.

    Although much of the legends are worn, it is fairly clear to the left of the bust, and as far as I can tell it is an error: AY K ЄC (error for CЄ). Is this the right conclusion, or do I have the wrong emperor, bad eyes, etc.?

    I just can't find any legends that match this, but the "CЄ" is correct for the common AEs of Severus Alexander.

    Caesaraea Cappadocia - Sev. Alexander MT Ar May 2021 (0).jpg
    Severus Alexander Æ 27
    Cappadocia, Caesarea
    ƐΤ Δ = Year 4 (225-226 A.D.)

    AY K ЄC (error for CЄ?) [OVH AΛЄΞ]ANΔ, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right /
    MHTPOΠ [KAICAPI], agalma of Mount Argeaus on low, garlanded altar or plinth;
    Є[T]Δ in exergue.
    (11.58 grams / 27 x 25 mm)
    Attribution Notes:
    Seems to match Sydenham 557; RPC VI 6783 (temporary)
    However, obverse legend has an error: AY K ЄC (error for CE)?

    Here are some enhanced views:

    Caesaraea Cappadocia - Sev. Alexander MT Ar May 2021 (0det).jpg
    Caesaraea Cappadocia - Sev. Alexander MT Ar May 2021 (0det2).jpg

    Thank you! :)
     
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  3. Roman Collector

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    Yes, Severus Alexander. Perhaps it erroneously reads AV K ЄЄ??

    I have a similar example from year 1:

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    Severus Alexander, AD 222-235.
    Roman Provincial AE 25.0 mm, 10.37 g.
    Cappadocia, Caesarea, AD 222/3.
    Obv: ΑV Κ Μ ΑVΡ ϹЄΟΥ ΑΛЄΞΑΝΔΡ, laureate head, right; uncertain c/m behind.
    Rev: ΜΗΤΡΟΠ ΚΑΙϹΑΡΙ, agalma of Mount Argaeus surmounted by star, atop altar inscribed ЄTA (= year 1).
    Refs: RPC VI 6735; Sydenham 537-38; BMC 298; SNG von Aulock 6510.
     
  4. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Thanks RC, I appreciate the feedback. Nice coin too - the countermark gives it an extra zing.
     
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