SYRIA, Coele-Syria. Damascus. Macrinus, 217-218. Tetrassarion (Bronze, 29 mm, 23.21 g, 1 h). AVT KAI M OΠEΛ MAKPINOC CEB Laureate and cuirassed bust of Macrinus to right. Rev. ΔAMACKHNΩN MHTPOΠOΛEOC Ambrosia, nude, standing facing with her head turned to right, metamorphosing into a grape vine: her feet already in the form of a grape vine with leaves, and holding, with both hands, vine tendrils from which grape bunches hang. Apparently unpublished: BMC -, De Saulcy -, SNG Copenhagen -, SNG München -; but for the type and its meaning see, Butcher, Ambrosia in Damascus, NC 2010, pp, 85-91, which includes coins with this reverse type minted by Philip I and Trebonianus Gallus. Of the greatest rarity, possibly unique. Attractive, dark greenish black patina overlaid with sandy deposits. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF