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ID:     754456
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     MYSIA
City:     Pergamum
Issuer:     Caracalla
Date Ruled:     AD 198-217
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     Medallion
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 214-215
Diameter:     45 mm
Weight:     47.49 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Legend:     AVT[O] KPAT K [MAP]KOC AVP ANT[Ω]N[EINOC]
Obverse Description:     Laureate and cuirassed bust right, cuirass decorated with aegis; c
CM 1 Description:      pellet within wreath; all in incuse
CM 1 Reference:      Howgego 480
Reverse Legend:     EΠΙ CTPA M [KAIΠE]Λ ATTAΛOV ΠΕPΓΑM[HNΩN] ΠΡO TΩN Γ [NEOKOP]ΩN
Reverse Description:     Caracalla standing left, holding sceptre in left hand, raising right hand toward serpent coiled around tree; a small figure of Telesphoros on basis between.
Primary Reference:     For coin: cf. SNG France 2244 (same obverse die)
Reference2:     BMC Mysia 326 var. (obv. legend)
Reference3:     SNG Cop -
Reference4:     SNG VA -
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=66947
Grade:     Fine, dark brown patina with a few earthen patches.
Notes:     Caracalla visited the temple of Pergamene Asclepius as he moved east to confront the Parthians in 214-215 AD. There, he participated in its rites, which included sleeping within the temple precinct and having the dreams incurred thereby interpreted. To commemorate this event, a number of huge medallic bronzes, including this coin, were issued. From the Garth R. Drewry Collection.