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Lot # 355 - Auction is closed.Estimate: US$800 / Price Realized: US$700
Trajan Decius. AE 35.5-37
Trajan Decius. 249-251 AD. AE 35.5-37, 19.42g. (11h). Pisidia, Codrula, . Obv: AVT K ├ MECI KVIN TRAIA ─EKION CE Bust radiate, draped, cuirassed right. Rx: KO─POV╦E┘N - ─IOC KOTANOVC Facing bust of a goddess within two-columned temple with eagle in pediment. Aulock, Pisidien I, 1028 (this coin). RPC 966 (this coin). Good Fine.

Ex Empire Coins 8, 7 December 1987, lot 259; ex R.E. Hecht Collection, published in Num. Chronicle 1968, p. 31, no. 12, pl. X.

A unique coin from a rare mint, whose only other known coins from the reign of Decius, as described by RPC pp. 216-7 and Aulock, Pisidien I, nos. 1025-7 and 1029-30, are three large pieces of Decius from the same obverse die as our coin but with a Rhea and Kronos seated reverse, a large piece of Herennia Etruscilla with the same Rhea and Kronos reverse type, and two AE 20s of Decius with reverses Nike and Asklepios. The reverse die of our coin is highly interesting, firstly because it is our only evidence for a cult of Zeus with the epithet Kotanes, who was evidently worshipped and had a temple at Codrula, and secondly because Aulock observed that this same reverse die was used over a span of about forty years at Codrula, being attested with obverses of a mature, bearded Caracalla; Elagabalus; Severus Alexander; Maximinus Thrax; Philip II as Augustus; Trajan Decius (our unique coin); and Valerian I with Valerian II as Caesar! A small riddle is why a female bust should be shown within what was evidently the temple of Zeus Kotanes at Codrula.
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