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Research Coins: Feature Auction

 
73000709
Sale: CNG 73, Lot: 709. Estimate $1000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 13 September 2006. 
Sold For $2500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BITHYNIA, Nicaea. Messalina. Augusta, AD 41-48. Æ 32mm (22.71 g, 12h). C. Cadius Rufus, proconsul. Struck circa AD 47-48. Draped bust left, hair in long plait / Façade of basilica: a two story tetrastyle central bay with two story wings flanking; inscribed entablature above. RPC I 2034 (same obv. die as plate coin); RG 33 var. (bust type); SNG Copenhagen -. Fine, green and brown patina, rough. Extremely rare; only the second example known.