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Classical Numismatic Group > Auction 118Auction date: 13 September 2021
Lot number: 716

Lot description:

MYSIA, Miletopolis. Axiochus. 1st century BC-1st century AD. Æ (23mm, 7.04 g, 12h). O ΔHMOC AΞIO[XON], laureate head right; c/ms: two owls (one facing, the other to right), each in incuse oval / Draped bust of Athena right, wearing Corinthian-style helmet and [aegis]. For coin: ; SNG BN –; RPC I 2238 = SNG von Aulock 7417 (example without c/ms; same dies); for c/ms: cf. Howgego 345 (Parium) and 348 (Koinon of Galatia). Earthen dark green patina, slight flan flaws, reverse weakly struck. VF. Extremely rare, RPC cites only the von Aulock coin.

While the portrayal on the obverse of this coin may be either the individual Axiochus or the Demos of Miletopolis, the obverse inscription makes it clear that this coin was struck to honor one of that city's benefactors. By following Greek epigraphic convention, the name of the dedicatee (AΞIOXON) is placed in the accusative case, while the verb of dedication is not indicated, but implied: "The Demos honors Axiochus."

Estimate: 1000 USD