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Help needed! - Identification of a Provincial Roman coin.


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Hello everyone,

I'm relatively new to the fascinating world of numismatics. Recently, I stumbled upon a coin from the Roman Provincial era that has piqued my interest. Despite my efforts over the past few days using references such as CRRO, I've been unable to identify it. Could someone with more experience lend a hand?

Here's what I've gathered about the coin:

- It's a silver coin, weighing 4.53 grams and measuring 21 mm.
- The reverse strongly resembles Mount Argaeus.
- This seems to align with the obverse, which bears a striking resemblance to Gordian III.

Do you think this could indeed be the correct identification for the coin?



Thank you,

Kind regards.

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The denarius is a Roman Imperial denomination. 

Your coin is either a drachm or a didrachm from Caesarea, depending on the weight. There are several possibilities with Mount Argaeus and stars reverse. 


The coin is too worn to distinguish the full reverse legend, this would help in a complete attribution. 

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Thank you very much for the information! 

The coin carries a weight of 4.53 grams. I believe this categorizes it as a didrachm that has significantly depreciated in weight over the years, likely having been on the lighter side even at the time of its minting. Do you happen to know the specific name of the weight standard employed for the didrachm from Caesarea?"

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You are probably right as at 4.5 grams it's a little heavy for a drachm. 

The didrachms of Caesarea should be well over 6 grams  - the first 5 examples in my link are all didrachms and the smallest average weight is 6,36

I have a Trajan didrachm from the same city - weight 6,6


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