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ID:     591741
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     PHRYGIA
City:     Synnada
Issuer:     Gallienus
Date Ruled:     AD 253-268
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE33
Date Struck:     AD 253-268
Diameter:     33 mm
Weight:     15.21 g
Obverse Legend:     AVT KAI P ΛIK ΓΑΛΛHNOC C-EB
Obverse Description:     Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Reverse Legend:     CVN-NA-ΔΣ−ΩN
Reverse Description:     , hunt scene in the amphitheatre: centre, lion chasing stag; below, bestiarius attacking boar with spear; above, usarius and performing bear
Primary Reference:     SNG VA 3997 = BMC Phrygia 66 = Casson-Price,Studies B.L. Trell, pg. 70, fig. 1 (same dies)
Reference2:     SNG Lewis 1560 (same dies)
Reference3:     J. Nolle, "Kaiserliche Privilegien fÜr Gladiatorenmunera und Tierhetzen: Unbekannte und ungedeutete Zeugnisse auf stÄdtischen MÜnzen des griechischen Ostens," JNG 42/43 (1992/1993), pg. 51, 2b = Sternberg XI, 322 (same dies)
Reference4:     E.S.G. Robinson, "Coins from Lycia and Pamphylia," JHS 34 (1914), pg. 37, 24 (not plated)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     EF, black patina
Notes:     Sale: Triton V, Lot: 1741 Extremely rare, one of five known Synnada received extraordinarily abundant donations for the organization of its gladiatorial games and hunts of wild beasts, and therefore sometimes depicts gladiatorial munera on its coinage. The larger and more impressive these spectator events, the more they met with imperial approval, which, of course, improved the reputation of the city.