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Restored Issue Under Trajan–Hadrian

CNG 103, Lot: 806. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $1300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Augustus. 27 BC-AD 14. AR Denarius (19.5mm, 3.67 g, 12h). Restitution issue. Rome mint. Struck under Trajan–Hadrian, circa 98-138 AD. Laureate head right / Caius and Lucius Caesars standing facing, two shields and two spears between them; above, on left, simpulum left, and on right, lituus right. RIC I –; RSC –; BMCRE 536, pl. 13, 18 corr. (misattributed to the reign of Augustus); CNG 102, lot 842. Good VF, toned, a few light scratches on obverse. Rare.

The style and fabric of this coin suggest that it belongs to an anonymous restitution issue of either Trajan or Hadrian. The restitution issues of Trajan are well known since the coins are marked with Trajanic legends. The fact that this coin retains its original legend without any mention of the issuer suggests that it is not part of the great restitution series of Trajan, but part of an earlier or later anonymous issue. Apart from style, on all known specimens the lituus has a split base and is turned to the right, and the simpulum is large, rather bulbous, and turned to the left, features not seen on the issues of Augustus.