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CNG Feature Auction 117

Lot nuber 513

Domitian. As Caesar, AD 69-81. AV Aureus (18mm, 7.42 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Vespasian, AD 77-78.


CNG Feature Auction 117
Lot: 513.

Closing Date: May 20 2021 11:00 ET

Roman Imperial, Gold

Estimate: $ 7 500

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Domitian. As Caesar, AD 69-81. AV Aureus (18mm, 7.42 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Vespasian, AD 77-78. CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS, laureate head right / COS V in exergue, Parthian kneeling right, extending left hand and holding out signum, with vexillum attached, in right. RIC II 959 (Vespasian); Calicó 819; BMCRE 231-3 (Vespasian); BN 205-6 (Vespasian); Adda 72; Biaggi 396-7; Jameson 80; Mazzini 48. Toned, shallow scratch on obverse. Near EF.

Ex Provence Collection.

This reverse type repeats an issue of Augustus struck by several moneyers circa 19/8 BC (RIC 288) celebrating the recovery of the standards lost to the Parthians by Crassus in 53 BC at the battle of Carrhae. The return of the standards (SIGNIS RECEPTIS) featured prominently in Augustan propaganda as a diplomatic and military triumph. The Flavian rulers frequently reused Augustan imagery on their coinage, seeking to legitimize their dynasty by association.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 117 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 19-20 May 2021. This lot is in Session 2, which begins 19 May 2021 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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