Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antiochia ad Orontem
circa 214-215 AD (Δ in reverse legend = Consulship IV)
ΑYΤ Κ · Μ · Α · · ΑΝΤΩΝΕΙΝΟC [C EB], Head of Caracalla, laureate, facing right
ΔΗΜΑΡΧ · ΕΞ · ΥΠΑΤΟC TO Δ, Eagle standing, facing, head right, on leg and thigh of sacrificial animal
26.25mm, 13.6g, 12h
gVF, toned, reverse slightly off centre
Ex Pegasi Numismatics Auction 37 (14 November 2017), Lot 346; SGICV -
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.