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ID:     75000813
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     MYSIA
City:     Pergamum
Issuer:     Caracalla
Date Ruled:     AD 198-217
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     Medallion
Date Struck:     AD 214-215
Diameter:     43 mm
Weight:     49.03 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Description:     [AVT KPAT] K MAPKOC AVP ANTWNEINOC, laureate and cuirassed bust right; gorgoneion on breastplate
Reverse Description:     Caracalla standing left, holding scepter and raising hand to serpent entwined about tree; small figure of Telesphorus on low basis between; EPI CTPA M [KAIPEL ATTALOU] in legend
Primary Reference:     SNG France -
Reference2:     BMC 326 var. (obv. legend)
Reference3:     SNG Cop -
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     VF, brown patina, smoothed.
Notes:     Sale: CNG 75, Lot: 813 Caracalla’s murder of his younger brother Geta in AD 212 was followed by the onset of a protracted illness that plagued the emperor until his own murder five years later. Caracalla made every effort to acquire a cure. On his way to fight the Parthians in AD 214, he paid a special visit to Pergamum with its renowned shrine of Asclepius, where he participated in the mysteries. To commemorate this event, the city issued a series of large bronze medallions, including this specimen. The purpose was two-fold: Pergamum was heralding the imperial patronage of its local medical center, and hoped that some imperial reward might result from the cure. Likewise, other cities in the region also produced such issues, hoping that they too might be able to participate in effecting and imperial cure.