LYDIA, Sardes (... or maybe not)

Germanicus and Drusus

Struck CE 23-26?

restruck by Asinius Pollio, proconsul of Asia under Caligula, CE 37-38?

Æ26, 13.78 gm

Obv: ΔPOYΣOΣ KAI ΓEPMANIKOΣ NEIOI ΘEOI ΦIΛAΔEΛΦOI; Germanicus and Drusus seated left on curule chairs, one holding lituus.

Rev: ΓAIΩ AΣINNIΩ ΠΩΛΛIΩNI ANΘYΠATΩ; KOINOY/ AΣIAΣ within wreath

Ref: RPC 2995, Sear 365

This coin was originally struck with the reverse legend EPI ARXIEREWS ALEXANDROU KLEWNOS SARDIANOU but using an elaborate set of ring shaped countermark dies the obverse and reverse legends were restruck, the reverse indicating the new magistrate.

 

For a full discussion of the type, please see "A Puzzling Provincial" in my Stories section.