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Caracalla and Plautilla from Anazarbus

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Thilo:
For those of you who share my enthusiasm with Cilicia's Anazarbus: This beauty (27.49 mm, 12.69 grm.) found its way to me, today.

Obv.: laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Caracalla r., veiled and draped bust of Plautilla vis-a-vis; and, different from the only - at least to my knowledge - published piece (Ziegler, Anazarbus 300 = SNG Levante Supp. 328), the obverse legend is fully readable:

AVT K M AV ANTWNINOS SE FOV PLAVTILLA SE

The reverse shows two tetrastyle temples with stars in pediments, leg. ANAZARBEWN NEWKORWN; the date above the temples is only just readable in hand: E AKC (= 221), making this a coin minted in 202/203 AD.

Indeed, I feel quite lucky, today.

Meepzorp:
Hi Thilo,

Nice coin! :)

Meepzorp

otlichnik:
Very nice.  I love the coins of Anazarbus too.

The two portraits are nice and very close - quite intimate.

I wonder what the two temples were.  Were they for C and P?

SC

Akropolis:
The second neocory…..a second temple dedicated to Caracalla, perhaps after a visit….or in preparation for one.
See ΝΕΟΚΟΡΟΥ in the exergue.
PeteB

Thilo:
I can just tell you what Ziegler says: While when the coin was minted, Anazarbus held only one neokoros title (as also indicated by the coin's legend NEWKOWN, not B NEWKORWN), but wanted to make a statement that it had all the prerequisites for a second one (thus showing the two templed represention two neokoroi titles) in order to keep up with Tarsus, its rival city. The latter already had a double neokoroi title, at the time, and Severus seems to have shown quite some grace to Anazarbus which obviously had supported him in the civil war of 193.

However, indeed only two years later (204/205 AD), Anazarbus received its second neokoros title (the first city receiveing two neokoros titles by one emperor).

Seems like a good theory to me.

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