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"Who's that girl"... or better - who is this - unknown Syria Tetradrachm


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Bucephalus Auction:
https://www.biddr.com/auctions/bucephalusnumismatic/browse?a=2883&l=3239745 

 

Last week we discovered this treasure at the Bucephalus auction. We were not able to identify the coin exactly shortly before the auction - but it was clear to us that it could be something special. Only what? Well - in any case, we would bid 600-800 euros upwards.

Then the auction started... 500, 600, 700... bang bang bang... 1500, 1600, 1700... whaaaat? And... 1900 and 2000 euros! The end!

What??? Ok - we were aware that something rare would come under the hammer here. But why 2000 euros? So rare?

We did not (!) buy the coin at auction. Someone else got it. Since we didn't know 100% what it was - we didn't take the risk up to 2000 euros. But what is it now? A rare ruler? A very rare mint?

It is a special obverse with left depiction and raised hand. Ok. But is it really Elagabal? Or a rare usurper? Or is it just the rare mint? Which one? We looked in the Prieur catalogue. The coin is not to be found in the Prieur.


Does anyone know more? 
Anyone else have ideas why this piece, which is not exactly in good condition, came to 2000 euros?

 

 

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Looks like Elagabalus, but i've never seen that type of Tet of him before. If it's a legit coin, I like it, good crust and all. Hopefully someone here can answer the questions.

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3 hours ago, Prieure de Sion said:

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Bucephalus Auction:
https://www.biddr.com/auctions/bucephalusnumismatic/browse?a=2883&l=3239745 

 

Last week we discovered this treasure at the Bucephalus auction. We were not able to identify the coin exactly shortly before the auction - but it was clear to us that it could be something special. Only what? Well - in any case, we would bid 600-800 euros upwards.

Then the auction started... 500, 600, 700... bang bang bang... 1500, 1600, 1700... whaaaat? And... 1900 and 2000 euros! The end!

What??? Ok - we were aware that something rare would come under the hammer here. But why 2000 euros? So rare?

We did not (!) buy the coin at auction. Someone else got it. Since we didn't know 100% what it was - we didn't take the risk up to 2000 euros. But what is it now? A rare ruler? A very rare mint?

It is a special obverse with left depiction and raised hand. Ok. But is it really Elagabal? Or a rare usurper? Or is it just the rare mint? Which one? We looked in the Prieur catalogue. The coin is not to be found in the Prieur.


Does anyone know more? 
Anyone else have ideas why this piece, which is not exactly in good condition, came to 2000 euros?

 

 

shanxi, is correct, Prieur pictures many examples with the same mintmark. All coins from the Edessa mint are rare. Pictured below for comparison is a tetradrachm from my collection struck at the Emesa mint. IMG_9010.JPG.c4bf1aec654531a529f8a1b7c9d76595.JPGIMG_9020.JPG.2f9ec15b00cbdd83d637b019de78486c.JPG

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