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ID:     156281
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     BOSPORUS KINGS
Issuer:     Rhescuporis II
Date Ruled:     AD 211-227
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     Stater
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 213-214
Diameter:     19 mm
Weight:     7.75 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Legend:     BACIΛEWC PHCKOVΠΟΡΙΔOC
Obverse Description:     Diademed and draped bust of Rhescuporis right; ornate trident in front
Reverse Legend:     ΓIΦ
Reverse Description:     Laureate and draped bust of emperor right; date below
Primary Reference:     MacDonald 556/3
Reference2:     Anokhin 633b
Reference3:     Frolova pg. 202 D/e
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=60678
Notes:     From the year 503 (206/07 AD), the reverse imperial portrait was a bearded head that clearly was meant to represent the mature Caracalla. Starting in year 513 (21/17 AD), however, the bust changes to a beardless draped bust with more indeterminate features. Perhaps most of Rhescuporis' year 513 staters were struck after the overthrow of Caracalla in April, 217, and the Bosporans chose a neutral, unidentifiable imperial portrait as a expedient.