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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 2010. Estimate $2000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $2400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

PESCENNIUS NIGER. 193-194 AD. AR Denarius (3.38 gm). Antioch mint. IMP [CAES C PESC] NIGER IVSTI, laureate head right / FORTVNAE R-EDVCI, Fortuna standing left, holding grain ears and cornucopia. RIC -; BMCRE -; RSC 27e (this coin). Toned, good VF ($2000)

Ex Numismatic Fine Arts Auction IX (10 December 1980), lot 543.

The denarii of Pescennius Niger are considered rare today, but a quick review of RIC and BMC reveals that the initial issue must have been enormous. The variety of obverse and reverse legends seems almost endless. In his review of the denarii of Pescennius Niger ("The Denarii of Pescennius Niger," in The President's Address, NumChron 152 (1992), pg. iv-xxii), Buttrey was able to locate 545 specimens, composed of 91 different reverse types struck from 303 reverse dies!