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CNG Feature Auction 117

Lot nuber 596

Pacatian. Usurper, circa AD 248-249. AR Antoninianus (22mm, 3.52 g, 1h). Viminacium mint. 1st emission.


CNG Feature Auction 117
Lot: 596.

Closing Date: May 20 2021 11:00 ET

Roman Imperial, Silver

Estimate: $ 4 000

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Pacatian. Usurper, circa AD 248-249. AR Antoninianus (22mm, 3.52 g, 1h). Viminacium mint. 1st emission. IMP TI CL MAR PACATIANVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / PAX AETER[NA], Pax standing left, holding olive branch in right hand and transverse scepter in left. RIC IV 5a; Szaivert, Beginn 4; RSC 6a. Granular surfaces, a few marks. Near VF. Very rare.

Very little is known of the usurper Tiberius Claudius Marinus Pacatianus, who seized power in Upper Moesia in AD 248. Most of our information about Pacatian comes from his coinage. Viminacium is the most probable site for his mint, and a comparison with the local aes coinage shows remarkable similarity of style. Seven different reverses were used on the antoniniani of Pacatian -- Concordia, Felicitas, Fides, Fortuna, Pax, Roma and Victory -- all common themes in the third century. Such a variety of reverse types would suggest a large issue of coins, though today all coins of Pacatian are very rare, with only about 100 specimens of all varieties known.

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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