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CNG Feature Auction 115

Lot nuber 421

THRACE, Bizya. Philip I. AD 244-249. Æ (34mm, 25.52 g, 6h).

CNG Feature Auction 115
Lot: 421.
 Estimated: $ 2 000

Roman Provincial, Bronze

Sold For $ 2 750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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THRACE, Bizya. Philip I. AD 244-249. Æ (34mm, 25.52 g, 6h). Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / BI ZV HNΩN, Adlocutio scene: Philip I and Philip II on horses trotting right, raising hands toward ranks of acclaiming legionaries to right. Jurukova –; Varbanov 1560 (this coin cited). Brown patina, deep centering hole on obverse. VF. Extremely rare.

From the Toliver Besson Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group Electronic Auction 361 (14 October 2015), lot 791 (hammer $3500); Classical Numismatic Group 67 (22 September 2004), lot 1086.

A most remarkable and probably unique display of Roman military tradition—the emperor and his son are addressing their troops, not as a handful of soldiers, but in the disciplined formation of the Roman legion. This coin undoubtedly records a specific event in the area of Bizya. It is known that Philip spent at least a year early in his reign subduing Germanic tribes that were infiltrating along the Danube frontier, while a more shadowy event took place in 248, the supposed usurpation of Marinus in Moesia. This coin may represent the Danube legions re-affirming their loyalty to Philip and his son.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 115 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 16-17 September 2020. This lot is in Session 2, which begins 16 September 2020 at 2 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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