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Sale: CNG 70, Lot: 748. Estimate $750. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 21 September 2005. 
Sold For $900. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

NERO. 54-68 AD. Æ Dupondius (15.88 g, 5h). Rome mint. Struck 64 AD. NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P, radiate head right / MAC AVG above, S C across field, façade of the Macellum Magnum: statue standing facing on base within cylindrical tetrastyle entrance set on tiered base, upper tristyle story surmounted by ornate conical dome; two-story tristyle porch on either side; II, mark of value, in exergue. RIC I 184 var. (obv. legend); BMCRE 195 var. (same); Cohen 130 var. (same); Triton II, lot 823 (same dies). Good VF, brown surfaces, minor roughness. A well-struck reverse. Rare variety. ($750)

Ex Italo Vecchi 1 (1-2 February 1996), lot 577.

This obverse legend for the Rome mint is unrecorded in the standard references. Though the legend is listed for the Lugdunum mint, there is no globe at the point of the bust, characteristic of Lugdunum. In addition, this reverse type with S C across the field and II (mark of value) below, is only recorded for the Rome mint.