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CNG 103, Lot: 873. Estimate $300.
Sold for $340. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Severus Alexander. AD 222-235. Æ Sestertius (31mm, 22.58 g, 12h). Rome mint. 15th emission, AD 232. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Mars Ultor running right, holding spear and shield. RIC IV 635; BMCRE 846-7; Banti 49 var. (break in rev. legend). EF, dark gray-brown and red patina.

From the estate of Thomas Bentley Cederlind. Ex Gorny & Mosch 233 (6 October 2015), lot 2467.

The reverse of this Sestertius features Mars in his most forceful appearance, as Mars Ultor, Mars the Avenger.