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Extremely Rare Statilia Messalina

Triton XV, Lot: 1386. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $5000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

IONIA, Ephesus. Nero, with Statilia Messalina. AD 54-68. Æ (21mm, 7.37 g, 7h). Struck AD 66. NEPΩN before, KAIΣAP behind, EΦE above, laureate head of Nero right / MEΣΣA[ΛINAN], draped bust of Messalina right. RPC I 2631.3 = SNG von Aulock 7864 (this coin). VF, dark green patina, deposits. Extremely rare, one of three cited in RPC.

From Group CEM. Ex Leu 30 (28 April 1982), lot 313; Leu 13 (29 April 1979), lot 407; Hans von Aulock Collection, 7864.