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CNG Feature Auction 118

Lot nuber 1141

Pacatian. Usurper, circa AD 248-249. AR Antoninianus (20.5mm, 3.95 g, 1h). Viminacium mint. 2nd emission.

CNG Feature Auction 118
Lot: 1141.
 Estimated: $ 7 500

Roman Imperial, Coin-in-Hand Video, Silver

Sold For $ 12 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Pacatian. Usurper, circa AD 248-249. AR Antoninianus (20.5mm, 3.95 g, 1h). Viminacium mint. 2nd emission. IMP TI CL MAR PACATIANVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / CONCORDIA MILITVM, Concordia seated left, holding patera in right hand, cradling double cornucopia in left arm. RIC IV 1b; Szaivert, Beginn 6; RSC 1. Toned, minor pitting, otherwise good metal for issue. Good VF. Very rare. Well struck on a heavy flan. Among the finest known.

Ex Numismatica Ars Classica 87 (8 October 2015), lot 327; Numismatica Ars Classica 72 (16 May 2013), lot 721; Gorny & Mosch 169 (12 October 2008), lot 392.

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 118 lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 13-14 September 2021. CNG Feature Auction 118 – Session Four – Roman Imperial Coinage Part 2 through Antiquities will be held Tuesday afternoon, 14 September 2021 beginning at 2:00 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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