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Is This Coin An Elagabalus or Gordian III?

 
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 Posted 06/07/2021  10:41 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Ruger9a to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This coin is 25mm and weighs 10.6 grams. I "think" I've whittled the Emperors down to two: Elagabalus or Gordian III. The reverse is definitely Asklepios standing facing, looking left, resting on serpent-entwined staff. I cannot find a sample with the same field letters. Am I even close? Help please!!!

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 Posted 06/07/2021  11:48 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I cannot find a sample with the same field letters.


Plenty of examples with ICTPON from Nicopolis ad Istrum. But this particular configuration (ICT-PON, with the N dropped) is, apparently, unusual.
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 Posted 06/07/2021  12:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ruger9a to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks @Bob L. I was beginning to think I just wasn't looking hard enough (dropped N). I am having a hard time distinguishing between the Emperors - just who is this Emperor?
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 Posted 06/07/2021  4:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kushanshah to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The emperor's name is legible: ΑΝΤΩΝΕΙΝΟC ("Antoninus"). Antoninus Pius, Caracalla and Elagabalus were all named Antoninus on the coins. On provincials in particular, it can be difficult to distinguish young portraits of Caracalla and Elagabalus. In this case, the portrait favors Elagabalus and the attribution is confirmed by the Magistrate's name ΡΟΥΦΟΥ ("of Rufus") in the reverse margin at 11 o'clock. Cf. Moushmov 1379. http://wildwinds.com/coins/moushmov/nikopolis.html
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06/07/2021 4:59 pm
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 Posted 06/07/2021  6:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ruger9a to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you @Kushanshah. I was just about to give up on trying to attribute this coin until I received your response. This coin has been a REAL PITA to me. Thanks again.
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