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442, Lot: 9. Estimate $100.
Sold for $65. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Valerian I. AD 253-260. Ӕ Sestertius (29.5mm, 12.86 g, 6h). Rome mint. 1st issue, AD 253-254. [IMP] C P LIC VALERIANVS IIIG (sic), laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / CONCORDIA EXRCIT (sic), Concordia standing left, holding patera and double cornucopiae; S C across field. MIR 36, 15g var. (legends); RIC V 155 var. (same); Banti 5 var. (same). VF, brown patina, slightly double struck.

Bought from C. J. Martin (Coins) Ltd., 1987.

The errors in the obverse and reverse legends are directly opposite each other on the two sides of the coin, suggesting a possible striking flaw rather than die-sinker’s errors.