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CNG Feature Auction 117

Lot nuber 594

Otacilia Severa. Augusta, AD 244-249. Æ Sestertius (29.5mm, 18.67 g, 12h). Rome mint, 4th officina. 5th emission of Philip I, AD 246.


CNG Feature Auction 117
Lot: 594.

Closing Date: May 20 2021 11:00 ET

Roman Imperial, Bronze

Estimate: $ 750

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Otacilia Severa. Augusta, AD 244-249. Æ Sestertius (29.5mm, 18.67 g, 12h). Rome mint, 4th officina. 5th emission of Philip I, AD 246. MARCIA OTACIL SEVERA AVG, draped bust right, wearing stephane / CONCORDIA AVGG, S C in exergue, Concordia enthroned left, holding patera and double cornucopia. RIC IV 203a (Philip I); Banti 4. Attractive olive green patina with traces of red. EF.

Ex Jack A. Frazer Collection; CNG Inventory 52413 (February 1995).

Marcia Otacilia Severa was born into a senatorial family early in the third century AD. In about AD 234 she married Marcus Julius Philippus, a Praetorian officer of Arabic descent. Philip rose through the ranks and by AD 244 had become Praetorian Prefect, whereupon, during an arduous campaign against the Persians, he orchestrated a coup against the weak boy Emperor Gordian III and seized the throne for himself. Upon returning to Rome, Philip raised Otacilia to the title of Augusta and appointed their eldest son, Philip II, as Caesar. Tradition holds that Otacilia favored the Christians, or was a Christian herself, based on the relative toleration enjoyed by the new faith during their five-year reign, but her coinage honors the traditional Roman deities.

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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