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 Posted 11/19/2019  7:01 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Lucky Cuss to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I just can't get a handle on this one. About 22 to 23 mm in diameter, and very thick with the weight coming in at 14.6 grams.





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 Posted 11/19/2019  8:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Possibly a tet of Elagabalus from Antiochia ad Orontem.
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 Posted 11/21/2019  1:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lucky Cuss to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm still researching this. I believe the obverse legend begins with "AVT K M AV". I've found a similar (although not so far as I can tell identical) issue of Elagabalus minted in Markianopolis (Thracia). The catalog reference for that one is Varbanov 1488.

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11/21/2019 7:24 pm
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 Posted 11/22/2019  7:23 pm  Show Profile   Check Masis's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Masis to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree with Bob. It is from the Antioch mint. The greek letters in the reverse fields "Delta" and "Epsilon" stand for "power of the Tribune" and are commonly seen on the reverse pre-reform coinage of this mint.
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 Posted 11/23/2019  7:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lucky Cuss to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The problem I'm having in nailing this down is that the Antioch issues with this general design seem to have been executed in silver (or at least billon) rather than bronze.

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 Posted 11/23/2019  7:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Some that I've seen are so debased they seem to essentially be AE. Case in point:
https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=5136469

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 Posted 11/27/2019  7:35 pm  Show Profile   Check Masis's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Masis to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I bought a similar Elagabalus Tetradrachm of Antioch last year, see my photo.
As Bob says, this type was debased.
Mine was: 11.77 grams and 23.2 mm diameter. Reference: Prieur 261
It was Billon, which is silver mixed with copper.
Obverse: AVT K M A ANTWNEINO-S SEB*, laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder.
Reverse: DEMARK EX UPATOS B, eagle facing, head left, wings open, holding wreath in beak. Star below and Δ - E across fields.
*I'd have used proper Greek letters but they get garbled on this forum.
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11/27/2019 7:41 pm
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 Posted 11/29/2019  3:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lucky Cuss to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here's one currently being offered on eBay -





It appears that these are generally identified as variants of Sear 3096. The pricing of them on the whole seems pretty dear to me (or at least many times what I paid for mine). Are they to any degree scarce or especially desirable?

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