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ID:     796072
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     SYRIA, PHOENICIA
City:     Ace-Ptolemais
Issuer:     Mark Antony
Date Ruled:     39/8 BC
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE24
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     39/8 BC
Diameter:     24 mm
Weight:     9.41 g
Die Axis:     1 h
Obverse Description:     Bare head right within laurel wreath
Reverse Description:     ΠTOΛ[E]
Mint:     Ace-Ptolemais (Phoenicia)
Primary Reference:     RPC I 4740
Reference2:     Seyrig, PtolÉmaÏs 19
Reference3:     Kadman, Akko 73
Reference4:     Rouvier 993
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=117834
Grade:     Near EF, black-green patina with beige overtones.
Notes:     Ex A. Levin Collection.Beginning in the Caesarian period (circa 49/8 BC or 48/7 BC) the city of Ace resumed the name of Ptolemais, which recalled an association with Ptolemaic Egypt. Following his rapprochment with Octavian at Tarentum in 38 BC, Antony was given command of Rome’s eastern territories: the city of Ptolemais with its large harbor made it a particularly strategic site, providing a base of supply from which Antony could move north from Alexandria to take control of Cilicia and Syria. As the CY date places this coin within the period of his return to the east from Italy and features a portrait of Antony framed by a wreath of olive on the obverse and the figure of Tyche Euploea, or “Good Sailing” on its reverse, it may signify the Triumvir’s successful arrival at the port city to inspect its works following the peace established with Octavian.