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CNG Feature Auction 117

Lot nuber 588

Diva Paulina. Died before AD 235. AR Denarius (20mm, 2.71 g, 12h). Consecration issue. Rome mint. 2nd emission of Maximinus I, AD 236.


CNG Feature Auction 117
Lot: 588.

Closing Date: May 20 2021 11:00 ET

Roman Imperial, Silver

Estimate: $ 1 000

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Diva Paulina. Died before AD 235. AR Denarius (20mm, 2.71 g, 12h). Consecration issue. Rome mint. 2nd emission of Maximinus I, AD 236. Veiled and draped bust right / Peacock standing facing, head left, tail spread. RIC IV 1 (Maximinus); BMCRE 135 (Maximinus); RSC 1. Lightly toned with soft matte surfaces. Near EF. Pleasing portrait.

Ex Künker 318 (11 March 2019), lot 1511.

As with many other empresses of the later Roman Empire, very little is known about Caecilia Paulina, wife of Maximinus I Thrax. Maximinus is said to have worn his wife’s bracelet as a ring on his thumb, an anecdote intended to emphasize his enormous size. Paulina died either before her husband’s accession or shortly thereafter, as all her coins are posthumous and name her as Diva, or goddess. Some of her portraits appear to be feminized versions of her husband, although this example has a more delicate and distinctive visage.

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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