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CNG 91, Lot: 860. Estimate $750.
Sold for $1100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Augustus. 27 BC-AD 14. AR Cistophorus (25mm, 12.04 g, 12h). Ephesus mint. Struck circa 25-20 BC. Bare head right / Capricorn right, head left, bearing cornucopia on back; all within laurel wreath. RIC I 480; Sutherland Group VIα (unlisted dies); RPC I 2213; RSC 16. Good VF, toned.

Ex Seaby Coin and Medal Bulletin 822 (July/August 1987), no. C335 (includes ticket).

The capricorn represents Augustus’ birth sign and appeared often as a coin type during his reign. Adding the cornucopia, or horn of plenty, to the back of the capricorn symbolizes the prosperity brought about through the efforts of this capable emperor, whose victories are symbolized by the laurel wreath.