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The First Portrait of Octavian

CNG 109, Lot: 576. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $2000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

The Triumvirs. Octavian. April-July 43 BC. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.61 g, 3h). Military mint traveling with Octavian in Cisalpine Gaul. Bare head right / Equestrian statue of Octavian left, his right hand raised. Crawford 490/1; CRI 131; Sydenham 1318; RSC 246; RBW –. Good VF, attractively toned, minor die breaks. The first appearance of Octavian’s portrait.

From the WRG Collection. Ex Coin Galleries (10 April 1991), lot 330.