Queen Gepaepyris & Aphrodite, 37-39 AD
Æ 23mm/7.8gm, struck c. 37-39 AD.
Con/ aEF for the issue, dark green patina.
Obv/ BACILIEC HE GHPAIPVPEWC; diademed & draped bust right.
Rev/ Bust of Aphrodite Apatura right, veiled and wearing calathus; denomination mark IB to left.
Ref/ MacDonald 306, Anokhin 326
Seller's Note/ Queen Gepaepyris (say that 3 times fast!) was the wife of Aspurgus and the sister of Polemo II. While her husband was in Rome, hanging out with Caligula, she struck coins in her name for only two short years. Her issues are very scarce. Only two (same issue as ours and both have been highly tooled) are listed in Wildwinds.
Our coin shows zero tooling, perfect wear, complete and easy to read legends, and a lovely portrait of the queen. This coin could not be improved in any manner.