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CNG Feature Auction 115

Lot nuber 617

Gaius (Caligula). AD 37-41. Æ Sestertius (35mm, 27.75 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 40-41.

CNG Feature Auction 115
Lot: 617.
 Estimated: $ 2 000

Roman Imperial, Bronze

Sold For $ 2 500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Gaius (Caligula). AD 37-41. Æ Sestertius (35mm, 27.75 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 40-41. Laureate head left / Gaius standing left on daïs, extending right hand in gesture of address; behind him a sella castrensis (camp stool); in front of him stand five soldiers right, all helmeted, holding shields, and parazonia; four aquilae behind them; no S C in legend. RIC I 48. Brown surfaces, some minor smoothing, minor roughness on obverse, light scratches on reverse. Near VF. Good portrait coin. Very rare TR P IIII issue.

From the Toliver Besson Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 87 (18 May 2011), lot 964.

Before a battle or on parade, the emperor would address his troops in an event known as an adlocutio cohortium (address to the cohorts). This was an important opportunity for the emperor to be present among his troops to inspire morale. This sestertius was issued on the occasion of a donative for the Praetorian Guard and was the first to employ the adlocutio as a reverse type.

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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