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CNG Feature Auction 117

Lot nuber 565

Lucilla. Augusta, AD 164-182. AV Aureus (20mm, 7.23 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck under Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, mid AD 164.


CNG Feature Auction 117
Lot: 565.

Closing Date: May 20 2021 11:00 ET

Roman Imperial, Gold

Estimate: $ 7 500

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Lucilla. Augusta, AD 164-182. AV Aureus (20mm, 7.23 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck under Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, mid AD 164. LVCILLA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, hair arranged in parallel waves and gathered in chignon at nape of neck / PVDI CITIΛ, Pudicitia, veiled and draped, standing left, with right hand preparing to draw back veil, left hand at side. RIC III 779 (Aurelius); MIR 18, 38-2c; Calicó 2216 (same dies as illustration); BMCRE (Aurelius and Verus) 347 (same obv. die); Biaggi 977 (same obv. die); Mazzini 59 (same dies). A few light marks. Good VF.

Ex Provence Collection.

The appearance of Pudicitia on this aureus is meant to reflect modesty and sexual propriety, traits befitting any highborn Roman woman, especially the empress. As is usual the reality of her character was more murky. Roman historians portray Lucilla as a haughty and power-hungry adulteress who recruited two of her supposed lovers into a plot against her brother, Commodus.

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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