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CNG Keystone Auction 1: Part I of the Style Collection

Lot nuber 44

Balbinus. AD 238. AR Antoninianus (23mm, 5.88 g, 12h). Rome mint. 2nd emission.


CNG Keystone Auction 1: Part I of the Style Collection
Lot: 44.
 Estimated: $ 500

Roman Imperial, Silver

Sold For $ 650. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Balbinus. AD 238. AR Antoninianus (23mm, 5.88 g, 12h). Rome mint. 2nd emission. Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / FIDES MVTVA AVGG, clasped right hands. RIC IV 11; BMCRE 71–3; RSC 6. Light golden toning with some remaining luster. Choice EF. Impressive portrait.

From the Style Collection. Ex Dr. Klaus Berthold Collection.

Although struck during the chaotic Year of the Six Emperors, this silver antoninianus bears an outstanding portrait of the plump, self-satisfied Balbinus. The reverse disingenuously shows his right hand clasped with that of his partner Pupienus, also chosen by the Roman Senate, along with the legend celebrating “the mutual faithfulness of the emperors.” In reality they could not stand one another and this antipathy made sure their joint reign was a brief one.

Closing Date and Time: 20 November 2019 at 10:14:20 ET.

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