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CNG Feature Auction 117

Lot nuber 526

Diva Matidia. Died AD 119. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.37 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Hadrian, AD 119-120 (and later).


CNG Feature Auction 117
Lot: 526.

Closing Date: May 20 2021 11:00 ET

Roman Imperial, Silver

Estimate: $ 1 000

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Diva Matidia. Died AD 119. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.37 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Hadrian, AD 119-120 (and later). Draped bust right, wearing double stephane with hair braided and piled up / Eagle standing left on scepter, with wings displayed. RIC II.3 2462 (same rev. die as illustration); RSC 6. Lightly toned. VF. Rare.

Matidia, the niece of Trajan, proved to be the lynchpin that held together the imperial succession for the next three generations. Matidia was married three times in succession to important Roman Senators, all of whom predeceased her. Vibia Sabina, her daughter by her first husband, was married to the future emperor Hadrian. By her third husband, she bore Rupilia Faustina, who went on to become mother to Faustina the Elder, future wife of Antoninus Pius; she was also the grandmother of Marcus Aurelius and also his wife Faustina the Younger, and thus great-grandmother (on both sides) to Commodus. She died early in the reign of her son-in-law, Hadrian, in AD 119. This denarius was struck to mark Matidia’s formal deification, at which Hadrian himself delivered the funeral oration.

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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