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Auction 13  27 May 2023
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Lot 169

Estimate: 750 CHF
Price realized: 1100 CHF
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LYDIA. Philadelphia. Septimius Severus, 193-211. Hexassarion (Orichalcum, 35 mm, 26.47 g, 6 h), Ioulianos Apol., strategos. Homonoia with Sardis, 205-209. AY•K•Λ•CЄΠ• - CЄOYHPOC•Π• Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Septimius Severus to right, seen from behind. Rev. •ЄΠI•CTPA•IOYΛIA•NOY•A•ΠOΛ•ΦIΛAΔЄ•CAPΔI• / •OMONOIA• On the left, facing cult statue of Artemis, wearing kalathos and with supports; on the right, facing statue of Kore of Sardis, wearing tall crown, between poppy on the left and grain ear on the right. BMC -. Franke & Nollé -. GRPC -. Imhoof-Blumer, Lydische Stadtmünzen, -. SNG Copenhagen -. SNG Leypold -. SNG von Aulock -. Apparently unpublished and unique. A beautiful Homonoia issue with a bold portrait. Good very fine.

Ex Zeus 26, 22 January 2023, 420 (expertly cleaned since).

Ioulianos Apol. appears on coins of Septimius Severus, Julia Domna, Caracalla Augustus and Geta Caesar, dating him to 198-209. His tenure can be narrowed down somewhat further, as his coins show both Caracalla and Geta as young men, rendering a date of circa 205-209 likely, all the more as none of Ioulianos' coins show Plautilla (202-205). It is worth noting that GRPC 336 cites a coin of Caracalla in the name of Ioulianos as archon rather than strategos. He thus either held both offices, or perhaps more likely, the coin, of which just a drawing exists, was misread, and in fact also referred to Ioulianos as strategos.
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