CARACALLA

AD 198-217
AE28. 12.14g, 27.7mm
MINTED: MOESIA INFERIOR, Odessus, circa AD 198-217

REF: Cf. Varbanov 4380 (R10); Naumann 70, lot 192
OBVERSE: AVT Λ AV ANTΩNЄINOC (sic), radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.

REVERSE: ΟΔΗCCЄΙΤΩΝ, Great God of Odessus standing to left, holding cornucopiae and sacrificing with patera over lighted altar to left.

 

Notes:

Dark blackish green patina, with some minor roughness on reverse. 

An unpublished variety of a very rare type, with this currently being the third known specimen.    

 

Provenance:

Ex Numismatik Naumann 57 (3 September 2017), lot 379

 

Historical Notes:

Odessos (present day Varna, the second largest city in Bulgaria) was already an ancient settlement when it was established as a Greek trading outpost on the Black Sea Coast in the mid 6th century BC.  It was an important seaport under Roman rule and the city boasted high fortified walls and impressive public baths.  In AD 242, Emperor Gordian III visited the city on the occasion of its sporting games, which were held once every five years.  Featuring prominently on the coinage of Odessos was the Great God, a deity also known by his old Thracian name, Darzalas.

CARACALLA . MOESIA INFERIOR, Odessus . AE30 . *Unpublished; 3rd known specimen*

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