|Sale: Triton XII, Lot: 737. Estimate $5000.
Closing Date: Monday, 5 January 2009.
Sold For $4500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
Usurper, circa AD 248-249. AR Antoninianus (4.53 g, 8h). Viminacium mint. 1st emission. IMP TI CL MAR PACATIANVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / PAX AETERNA, Pax standing facing, head left, holding branch in right hand and transverse scepter in left. RIC IV 5a; Szaivert, Beginn
4; RSC 6a; Hunter -. VF, toned.
From the Gordon S. Parry Collection; ex Sternberg XXVI (16 November 1992), lot 403; Münzen und Medaillen Basel liste 321 (March 1971), lot 36.
Very little is known of the usurper Tiberius Claudius Marinus Pacatianus, who seized power in Upper Moesia in AD 248. Most of our information about Pacatian comes from his coinage. Viminacium is the most probable site for his mint, and a comparison with the local aes coinage shows remarkable similarity of style. Seven different reverses were used on the antoniniani of Pacatian -- Concordia, Felicitas, Fides, Fortuna, Pax, Roma and Victory -- all common themes in the third century. Such a variety of reverse types would suggest a large issue of coins, though today all coins of Pacatian are very rare, with only about 100 specimens of all varieties known.