|Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 1569. Estimate $1000.
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006.
Sold For $1400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
Time of Gallienus, circa 268 AD. Æ Sestertius (11.07 g, 6h). Rome mint. [GEN]I-VS P R, laureate head of Genius right, wearing mural crown / INT/VRB above and below large S C; all within wreath. RIC V 1 (Interregnum); MIR 36, 702i; Yonge B.1 var. (dies BB/-; unlisted rev. die); Hunter 2 (Interregnum); Cohen 333. VF, brown surfaces, some roughness, typical irregular flan. Very rare. ($1000)From the Douglas O. Rosenberg Collection. Ex Lanz (26 November 1984), lot 799.
The reassignment of this pÉculiar issue to the end of the reign of Gallienus as opposed to the traditional placement during the interregnum between the death of Aurelian and the elevation of Tacitus has been convincingly argued by David Yonge. He bases his determination on flan manufacture, portrait style, and a comparative analysis of mid-third century Roman monetary denominations, and suggests that this issue was probably a commemorative issue in anticipation of Gallienus' entry into Rome after his victories over the Herulians and Goths at Naissus.