SYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch. Augustus, 27 BC-AD 14. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 15.26 g, 1 h), Actian Era 44 and Caesarean Era 63 = 14 AD. ΚΑΙΣΑΡΟΣ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΥ Laureate head of Augustus to right. Rev. ΑΝΤΙΟΧΕΩΝ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΕΩΣ / ΔΜ - ΓΞ Tyche seated right on rocks, holding palm frond in her right hand; below, half-length figure of river god Orontes swimming right; in field above, monogram of the city name. McAlee 189. RPC I 4160. Prieur 59. Extremely rare, one of a very few known examples. A bold, well struck and very attractive coin. Good very fine.
This is Augustus' last tetradrachm at Antioch, struck shortly before news of his decease on 19 August 14 arrived in the city. It is of extreme rarity today, with Prieur recording just three examples.