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ID:     79000482
Type:     Ancient Africa
Issuer:     Ptolemy
Date Ruled:     AD 23-40
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     1/2 Unit
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 24-40
Weight:     8.30 g
Die Axis:     8 h
Obverse Description:     Diademed and draped bust right
Reverse Description:     Lion standing right; star above (barely visible)
Mint:     Caesarea
Primary Reference:     MAA 351a
Reference2:     Mazard 498
Reference3:     MÜller, Afrique 198
Reference4:     SNG Cop -
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Near VF, dark green patina, rough surfaces
Notes:     Sale: CNG 79, Lot: 482 Rare. From the J.S. Wagner Collection.The wear on the reverse makes the head of the animal appear to be a bull’s head with horn. MÜller 199 records a single specimen with a bull standing right on the reverse, but this attribution has since been dismissed (see MAA). A close inspection of this coin reveals that this is also the lion standing type. First, under magnification, the “horn” appears to be a small die break. Second, the rest of the animal’s body appears to conform to a lion, not a bull. Finally, MÜller 199 does not note the star symbol, but it is clearly there on this coin, conforming to all the known lion types.