AD 222-235
AE32. 16.28g, 31.7mm
MINTED: CILICIA, Irenopolis-Neronias, CY 175 (AD 225/6)
REF: RPC VI Online temp 6885; Karbach, Eirenopolis 128
OBVERSE: ΑVΤ Κ Μ ΑVΡ ϹЄV ΑΛЄΞΑΝΔΡΟϹ, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; c/m: laureate head right.

REVERSE: ЄΙΡΗΝΟΠΟΛΙΤ / ЄΟΡ (date), Helios, raising hand and holding whip, driving facing quadriga.



Dark black patina; minor roughness. An impressively large and scarce provincial.  8 examples listed in RPC Online (including the 4 cited by Karbach).


Historical Notes:

Irenopolis was located in northeastern Clicia and founded by Antiochus IV of Commagene (AD 38-72), a Roman client-king.  It was apparently briefly named Neronias, after Emperor Nero, but some time later, reverted back to its original name of Irenopolis. 

SEVERUS ALEXANDER . EGYPT, Alexandria . AE32 . Helios driving quadriga

SKU: 4162
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