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CNG Feature Auction 115

Lot nuber 512

EGYPT, Alexandria. Lucius Verus. AD 161-169. Æ Drachm (33mm, 23.53 g, 12h). Dated RY 6 (AD 165/166).

CNG Feature Auction 115
Lot: 512.
 Estimated: $ 500

Roman Provincial, Bronze

Sold For $ 850. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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EGYPT, Alexandria. Lucius Verus. AD 161-169. Æ Drachm (33mm, 23.53 g, 12h). Dated RY 6 (AD 165/166). Laureate bust right, slight drapery / Semasia on horseback riding left, wearing elephant skin headdress and holding palm frond and reins; CHMA/CIA in two lines below; L ς (date) to either side. Köln –; Dattari (Savio) 3780; K&G 39.163; RPC IV.4 Online 14613/18 (this coin cited and illustrated); Emmett 2433.6. Dark green and brown patina, chipped in one spot on reverse, patch of obverse roughness. Near VF.

From the Stein A. Evensen Collection. Ex Jacquier Auction 38 (13 September 2013), lot 250.

Σημείον means ‘signal,’ as σημεία is a military standard, which signals the location of an army. Semasia, therefore, is the herald that brings news of a military triumph – in this case the news that the Parthians had been routed by the Roman army, losing Seleuceia and Ctesiphon in the wake of the Armenian War. This very rare and interesting depiction of Semasia also occurs on Alexandrian drachms of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina Junior, further recounting the military exploits during the reign of Marcus Aurelius.

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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