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CNG Feature Auction 117

Lot nuber 518

Nerva. AD 96-98. Æ Sestertius (33.5mm, 26.45 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 97.


CNG Feature Auction 117
Lot: 518.

Closing Date: May 20 2021 11:00 ET

Roman Imperial, Bronze

Estimate: $ 1 000

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Nerva. AD 96-98. Æ Sestertius (33.5mm, 26.45 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 97. Laureate head right / Two mules grazing, one left, one right; behind, high-wheeled cart, with pole and harness (collars and traces), tipped up and pointing slightly to right. RIC II 93; Banti 44. Brown surfaces, light pitting, minor smoothing. VF. Rare.

Ex RAM Collection (Triton XVIII, 6 January 2015), lot 1067, purchased from R. M. Smythe, April 1999; Numismatic Fine Arts IX (10 December 1980), lot 470.

Nerva attempted to relieve some of the burdens that had been imposed on the people of Italy by his predecessor, Domitian. One of his acts was the assumption of the costs of the imperial post by the Roman government, a burden which had formerly fallen on the municipalities. Though this event is celebrated on this coin, no contemporary writers mention the act.

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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