Tranquillina; Drachm Year 4=241 AD 3.190. EF.

Tranquillina; Drachm Year 4=241 AD 3.190. EF.


Description: Caesarea Cappadocia Year 4=241 AD Drachm 3.19g. Sydenham/Malloy-617aa citing Leu 18 1977 lot 373 (same dies). Obv: CABINIA TRANKV??INA AV Bust draped r. wearing stephane the hair falling onto neck arranged in two horizontal ridges. Rx: MHTPO KAICA B NE around ET ? in exergue Mt. Argaeus without pellet in field. Rare silver drachm of Tranquillina at Caesarea unknown until 1978 when Sydenham/Malloy-617aa reported two specimens in Leu 18 5 May 1977 lot 373 and the Burbules Collection. Recently several dozen further specimens of this rare drachm have appeared on the market mostly of Year 4 like the two Sydenham/Malloy pieces but also several of Year 5. The Year 4 pieces all seem to come from only three obverse dies one without stephane and with a nest of braids on the neck and two with stephane and without the nest of braids. The Year 4 reverse dies vary in the abbreviation of the legend KAIC B N or KAICA B NE and in the placement of a pellet in the field left of Mt. Argeus on some dies. The three Year 5 drachms come from a fourth obverse die and from two reverse dies both with a pellet in upper right rather than upper left field.
Date: Year 4=241 AD
Provenance: Rare silver drachm of Tranquillina at Caesarea unknown until 1978 when Sydenham/Malloy-617aa reported two specimens in Leu 18 5 May 1977 lot 373 and the Burbules Collection. Recently several dozen further specimens of this rare drachm have appeared on the market mostly of Year 4 like the two Sydenham/Malloy pieces but also several of Year 5. The Year 4 pieces all seem to come from only three obverse dies one without stephane and with a nest of braids on the neck and two with stephane and without the nest of braids. The Year 4 reverse dies vary in the abbreviation of the legend KAIC B N or KAICA B NE and in the placement of a pellet in the field left of Mt. Argeus on some dies. The three Year 5 drachms come from a fourth obverse die and from two reverse dies both with a pellet in upper right rather than upper left field
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