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ID:     79000593
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     LESBOS
City:     Mytilene
Issuer:     Theophanes
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE17
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD Struck under Augustus, circa
Diameter:     17 mm
Weight:     5.91 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Legend:     ΘEOC ΘEOΦANHC
Obverse Description:     bare head of Theophanes right
Reverse Legend:     ΘEA APXEΔAMIC
Reverse Description:     Draped and veiled bust of Archedamis right
Primary Reference:     RPC 2342
Reference2:     BMC 158-9
Reference3:     SNG Cop 405
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Fine, rough orichalchum surfaces, flan flaw on obverse
Notes:     Sale: CNG 79, Lot: 593 Rare. From the J.S. Wagner Collection.According to Plutarch (Vit. Pomp. 42), the historian and politician Theophanes of Mytilene was a friend and political ally of Pompey. Such was the influence of Theophanes that he was able to secure in 62 BC the independence of Mytilene from the triumvir. Following his death, sometime between 44 and 36 BC, Theophanes, along with Archedamis (presumably his wife), were accorded divine honors in recognition for their benefaction. The date of this coinage is uncertain, but it was probably issued circa AD 5 when M. Pompeius Theophanes, a descendent of the earlier Theophanes and a friend of Tiberius was procurator of Asia, but certainly the coins predate AD 33, when Tiberius ordered the execution of Theophanes’ remaining descendents, and forbade any public reference to the now-outlawed family (Tac. Ann. 6.18).