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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 2195. Estimate $500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

PROCOPIUS. 365-366 AD. Æ 20mm (3.45 gm). Constantinople mint. D N PROCO-PIVS P F AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust left / REPARATI-O FEL TEMP, Procopius standing facing, head right, holding labarum in right hand, left resting on shield set on the ground; Chi-rho in upper right field and unidentified object in left at foot; CONSA•. RIC IX 17a.3; LRBC 2082. Near EF, dark green patina, exceptional in that it is fully and strongly struck. ($500)

The small object at the feet of the emperor on the reverse has never been satisfactorily explained. It is most often represented with a round top set upon a columnar base, and somewhat resembles the palladium found on earlier Roman coins.