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ID:     80000709
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     CILICIA
City:     Seleuceia ad Calycadnum
Issuer:     Severus Alexander
Date Ruled:     AD 222-235
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE29
Struck / Cast:     struck
Diameter:     29 mm
Weight:     14.41 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Legend:     AV • K • M • AVP • C Є OVHP • AΛЄZA/NΔPOC
Obverse Description:     radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right
Reverse Legend:     KEΩN K AΛ VK A ΔNΩ / СЄΛЄV
Reverse Description:     Infant Zeus seated facing on throne, head left, raising right hand; around him, three Curetes, each wearing military outfit, striking shields with swords
Mint:     Seleucia ad Calycadnum
Primary Reference:     SNG France 1004 var. (illustrated specimen with countermark, same dies)
Reference2:     cf. SNG VA 5831 (Caracalla) and 5834 (Macrinus); cf. SNG Cop 212 (Macrinus)
Reference3:     SNG Levante -
Reference4:     Waddington 4467
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Good VF, dark green patina with dusty earthen overtones
Notes:     Sale: Triton XII, Lot: 709 A very rare reverse type for this emperor. From the D. Alighieri Collection.The Curetes share some of the attributes of the Corybantes, dancing divinities associated with the worship of Cybele, but their specific role in Greek mythology was to serve as the protectors of the infant Zeus while he was hidden away on Crete, safe from his murderous father Cronus. Their militant dancing, accompanied by the clashing of swords on shields, drowned out the cries of the infant. The Curetes’ dance was later re-enacted by young men at Greek festivals and games.