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Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D., Caesarea, Cappadocia
Mount Erciyes (Argaios to the Greeks, Argaeus to the Romans) is a massive stratovolcano 25 km to the south of Kayseri (ancient Caesarea) in Turkey. The highest mountain in central Anatolia, with its summit reaching 3,916 meters (12,848 ft). It may have erupted as recently as 253 B.C., as may be depicted on Roman era coins. Strabo wrote that the summit was never free from snow and that those few who ascended it reported seeing both the Black Sea to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the south in days with a clear sky.
RP87685. Silver didrachm
, cf. RPC IV Online
10073; Metcalf Cappadocia
6441; SNG Cop
250 var. (legends); Sydenham Cappadocia Supp.
370a var. (same); BMC Galatia
-, aVF, frosty porous surfaces, bumps and marks, tine edge split, reverse legend
ending in exergue
is obscure, Cappadocia
(Kayseri, Turkey) mint, weight
3.343g, maximum diameter
21.6mm, die axis
, COS III
, 181 - 182 A.D.; obverse
AYT M AYPH KOMO - ANTΩNINOC C, laureate head
UΠATOC Γ - ΠAT ΠA-[TP...(?)], Mount Argaios
and trees, surmounted by Helios
standing left on summit, globe in his right hand, long scepter
in left hand; $120.00
Catalog current as of Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
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