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Research Coins: Feature Auction

 
592181
Sale: Triton V, Lot: 2181. Estimate $10000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $7200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

NEPOTIAN. 350 AD. Æ Centenionalis (4.03 gm). Rome mint. FL POP NEPOT-IANVS P F AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Nepotian right / GLORIA ROMANORVM, Nepotian on horseback right, spearing enemy; beneath, shield and broken spear; star in field; RE. RIC VIII 200; LRBC 643. Good VF, light encrustation. Artistic portrait. ($10,000)

Flavius Julius Popilius Nepotianus Constantinus was a nephew of Constantine the Great. Following the death of Constans in 350 AD, Nepotian seized power in Rome. After a turbulent reign of only 28 days, Nepotian fell into the hands of Magnentius’ soldiers and was executed. During his short reign, Nepotian struck a small issue of solidi and centenionales, and all of his coins are exceedingly rare today.