Al Kowsky Posted January 1 · Member Share Posted January 1 (edited) I won the two tetradrachms pictured below from CNG E-Auction 529; the first coin I'm happy with ☺️, & the second one I'm not 😠. The second coin will be shipped back to CNG later this week after I contact them. CYRRHESTICA, Hierapolis. Macrinus, AD 217-218. Billon Tetradrachm: 12.02 gm, 26 mm, 12 h. Obverse: Laureate, draped, & cuirassed bust facing right. Reverse: Front facing eagle with head right, holding wreath in beak; between legs a roaring lion striding right (the mintmark). The reverse is struck off-center & has a large die break that consumes most of the wreath. The coin is in excellent condition despite the striking weakness on the obverse. Prieur 943. Photo courtesy of CNG. The tetradrachms of Caracalla are fairly plentiful, with Prieur listing 17 different types, however, Prieur lists only two types struck for Macrinus, so I was happy to win this example with a well detailed mintmark. The next coin was listed as "Very rare, three listed by Prieur, three in CoinArchives.", & struck at the Emesa mint, Prieur 976. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-854N1A/seleucis-and-pieria-emesa-macrinus-ad-217-218-bi-tetradrachm-275mm-1193-g-6h-vf After examining this coin in-hand it became obvious that the coin was misattributed 😮. The coin is in fact Prieur 993, a very common type with 29 examples cited by Prieur. 🙄 Who ever cataloged this coin missed the "H" below the eagle's head, which is difficult to spot because of striking weakness & surface porosity 🧐. Photo courtesy of CoinArchives. Website members are welcome to post their coins of this short-lived emperor ☺️. Edited January 1 by Al Kowsky 12 1 1 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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