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Sale: Triton VII, Lot: 844. Estimate $2000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 12 January 2004. 
Sold For $2800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

AUGUSTUS. 27 B.C.-14 A.D. Æ Dupondius (20.38 gm). Rome mint. Struck 7 BC. M. Salvius Otho, moneyer. CAESAR AVGVST PONT MAX TRI-BVNIC POT, laureate head left; small Victory standing behind touching Augustus' wreath and holding cornucopiae / M SALVIVS OTHO III VIR A A A F F, S C across field. RIC I 429; BMCRE 224; BN 686; Cohen 518. VF, mottled olive and brown patina with lighter green highlights, some surface roughness. Attractive and very rare. ($2000)

Ex Harlan J. Berk 122 (5 September 2001), lot 488.

M. Salvius Otho, one of the three magistrates (triumvir aere argento auro flando feriundo) responsible for the coinage at this period, was a member of Livia's household, and owed his position to her patronage. His grandson would be the short-lived emperor of the same name in 69 AD.