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Augustus Cistophoric Tetradrachm Ephesus


AUGUSTUS. 27 BC-14 AD. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm (24mm, 11.89 gm, Die Axis 1:00). Ephesus mint. Struck 24-20 BC. IMP. CAE-SAR, bare head right / AVGVSTVS, capricorn right, head left, holding cornucopiae; all within laurel wreath. References: BMC (Vol. I) No. 696; CBN (Vol. I) 916; RIC (Vol. I) 480; RPC (Vol. I) 2213; RSC (Vol. I) 16; Sutherland Group VI No. 239 (O33/R43) THIS COIN (illustrated). Toned. Satin brown patina. Silver highlights Sutherland plate coin (The Cistophori of Augustus) Ex Rodolfo Ratto Sale, Lugano Switzerland (Feb. 8, 1928), Lot 1719 Ex Lempertz (23 February 1939), lot 960. Ex CNG via private sale Ex John Malcolm Hayes Collection (corinthstater.com)

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Very nice. Good job its not a hippocamp! I too have designs on a couple of Romans...its catching.



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Excellent photo, lovely coin. Had me reaching for my copy of Sutherland's book to compare the images. Referring to the plates is quite complex as they are illustrated by Obverse die (O33 = Plate 6 No 239a) & Reverse die (R43 = Plate 24 No 239a). The Group (VI) that this Cistophorus belong is by far the largest of the coins studied by Sutherland - a total of 275 coins in Group VI comprising of 182 Obverse & 242 Reverse dies (page 101). The mint city seems to be accepted as Ephesus (page 100) and the issue dated to the period 24 to 20 BC (final para page 101).

Thank you for giving me an excuse to become re-acquainted with the Cistophori of Augustus.

Duncan Russell aka Jotapian

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