AE25. 7.28g, 24.7mm
MINTED: CILICIA, Mopsus (as Caesarea), Year 5, circa AD 45-51
REF: RPC I 4086; BMC 4 (Anazarbus in Cilicia); De Saulcy 1 (Caesarea Panias in Judaea); MG 182 (Caesarea in Cappadocia).
OBVERSE: TIBEPIOC KΛAYΔIOC KAICAP, bare head right.
REVERSE: KAICAPEΩN ETOYC E, Tyche seated right on rocky outcropping, holding grain ears; below, forepart of river-god swimming right.
Very Fine. Green-brown patina with some earthen highlights. A fine style head of Claudius.
The name Caesarea (literally "the city of Caesar") was given to numerous cities in the Roman Empire in honour of the first emperor of Rome, Caesar Augustus. There is some debate as to which Caesarea struck these coins of Claudius, and references variously attribute the issue to a Caesarea in Cappadocia, Judaea, or Cilicia. Find spots, however, support a location in eastern Cilicia, and based on stylistic arguments, scholars such as Tahberer narrow this down to the city of Mopsus, during a brief period when the city's name was changed to Caesarea.
CLAUDIUS . CILICIA, Mopsus (as Caesarea) . AE25 . Tyche sitting on rocks
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