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ID:     650746
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     BITHYNIA
City:     Nicaea
Issuer:     Caracalla
Date Ruled:     AD 198-217
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE34
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 198-217
Diameter:     34 mm
Weight:     27.92 g
Obverse Legend:     ΑVΤ Κ Μ ΑVPΗ ΑΝΤΩΝΙΝΟC ΑΥΓΟΥ
Obverse Description:     Youthful laureate and cuirassed bust right
Reverse Legend:     CEOVHPIA ΦIΛAΔEΛΦEIA TA MEΓAΛA NIKAIEΩN / IEPOC AGON
Reverse Description:     Ornate prize crown with two palms; IEPOC AGON in central band.
Primary Reference:     cf. BMC Pontus pg. 166, 87 (similar type of Geta)
Reference2:     cf. Mionnet Supp. V, pg. 111, 603 (related reverse legend for Severus Alexander)
Reference3:     CNG Triton VII, Lot: 746
Photograph Credit:     CNG
Source:     http://cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=43514
Price Sold For:     2000 USD
Date Sold:     January 12, 2004
Grade:     EF
Notes:     This unrecorded coin provides a further expansion of the games-related legends of the coins of Nicaea. "TA MEΓAΛA" is otherwise unattested, and in conjunction with the full legend can be read as "Severeia Philadelpheia in respect to the great ceremonies of the Nicaeans," with the central band inscription reading "The Holy Game." In the late 3rd century a complex cycle of at least fifteen games and associated religious festivals is attested for Nicaea, honoring Dionysus the founder, Apollo Pythius, and various emperors from Augustus to Gallienus. Read along with the very young portrait of Caracalla as Augustus, the legend and type can be taken to indicate that Nicaea sponsored a grand series of festivals to celebrate the joint elevation of Caracalla to Augustus and Geta to Caesar in 198 AD.