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CNG Feature Auction 117

Lot nuber 521

Trajan. AD 98-117. Æ Sestertius (34.5mm, 23.91 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 101-102.

CNG Feature Auction 117
Lot: 521.
 Estimated: $ 2 000

Roman Imperial, Bronze

Sold For $ 22 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Trajan. AD 98-117. Æ Sestertius (34.5mm, 23.91 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 101-102. Laureate bust right, slight drapery / Pax seated left, holding olive branch and scepter. RIC II 432 var. (bust type); Woytek 107b; Banti 337. Glossy green patina, minor smoothing. EF. Boldly struck, with a magnificent portrait.

When Trajan entered his fourth consulship in AD 101, the Roman Empire seemed securely at peace, as celebrated by the figure of Pax on the reverse of his attractive sestertius. These allusions were possibly a ruse, however, as Trajan was already planning a massive campaign against the Dacian King Decebalus, who had humiliated Roman armies on two occasions during Domitian’s reign.

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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