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    CILICIA. Tarsus. Caracalla (AD 198-217). AE 31mm (22.34 gm). Choice XF, smoothing. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Caracalla right / Ciliarch Crown decorated with 11 imperial heads and ΓB. SNG France 1484-5. SNG Levante 1033. Rare! Choice natural green patina, with smoothing in fields and at base of bust.

    The Chiliarch Crown was worn by the honorary High Priest of Tarsus on special occasions; it was usually presented to the Roman Emperor whenever he chose to visit. By Caracalla's time, 11 emperors had been given the honor, and small effigies of their heads are shown adorning the crown on this rare medallic bronze. 


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