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CNG 109, Lot: 668. Estimate $5000.
Sold for $6000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. AV Aureus (19mm, 7.27 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 150-151. IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTO NINVS AVG PIVS P P, bare head right / TR POT XIIII COS IIII, PAX in exergue, Pax standing left, holding olive branch and scepter. RIC III 200a; Strack 229; Calicó 1588 note; BMCRE 726; Biaggi 744 var. (no break in obv. legend). EF, lustrous, surface marks in obverse field before head. Fine style portrait.

Our indication of surface marks is NGC’s reference to altered surface when the coin was submitted to them for encapsulation, Under high magnification, a small area before the mouth on the obverse appears to have been smoothed at some point in the past.