Caracalla, 198-217 AD, Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch, AR Tetradrachm, Eagle, struck c. 214-215 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Caracalla
City/Region:
Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antiochia ad Orontem
Denomination:
AR Tetradrachm
Composition:
Silver
Date:
circa 214-215 AD (Δ in reverse legend = Consulship IV)
Obverse:
ΑYΤ Κ · Μ · Α · · ΑΝΤΩΝΕΙΝΟC [C EB], Head of Caracalla, laureate, facing right
Reverse:
ΔΗΜΑΡΧ · ΕΞ · ΥΠΑΤΟC TO Δ, Eagle standing, facing, head right, on leg and thigh of sacrificial animal
Size:
26.25mm, 13.6g, 12h
Grade:
gVF, toned, reverse slightly off centre
Rarity:
scarce
Provenance:
Ex Pegasi Numismatics Auction 37 (14 November 2017), Lot 346; SGICV -
References:
Prieur 217; McAlee 677; Butcher p. 115, 2; BMC Galatia [Antioch] p. 195, 361

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Butcher notes that the style of this tetradrachm departs from those closest in style to the Antiochene tetradrachms of the Severans. Firstly the wreath on Caracalla's head is arranged 2-1-2-1-3, which he says unusual. Secondly, the obverse legend is different. Thirdly, the eagle on the reverse stands on an animal thigh whose foot points left. He suggests three possibilities: that this type is the work of a different engraver at the same mint; alternative, that they are chronologically separate products of the same mint; or they are the products of two different mints: see p. 114.