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Clodius Macer. Usurper, AD 68. AR Denarius (17mm, 3.46 g, 12h). Legionary issue. Carthage mint. Group III. L CLODI · MACRI, draped bust of Victory right, with wings folded upward; S C below / L IB above, AVG to right, LEG III across lower field, legionary aquila between two signa. RIC I 14 (this coin referenced); Hewitt Group C/1 (dies 12/15 – this coin); RSC 4; BMCRE p. 287, note 4; BN 4. In NGC encapsulation 5770285-002, graded XF(star), Strike: 4/5, Surface: 5/5.

Ex Schulman Vault Collection (Schulman 365, 22 October 2020) lot 1535; Münzen und Medaillen AG 25 (17 November 1962), lot 591; reportedly from the Tunis find, circa 1959.

Clodius Macer, propraetore in North Africa, rose in rebellion against the reign of Nero during the Civil War in the spring of AD 68. The legion he commanded was Legio III Augusta, based in Numidia. He includes S C (senatus consulto) on his denarii, most likely to show that his revolt was not against the senate, but against Nero. All of Macer’s coins are extremely rare.