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CNG Feature Auction 114

Lot nuber 888

Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. Æ Sestertius (32.5mm, 27.52 g, 12h). British Victory issue. Rome mint. Struck AD 143-144.


CNG Feature Auction 114
Lot: 888.
 Estimated: $ 750

Roman Imperial, Bronze

Sold For $ 850. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. Æ Sestertius (32.5mm, 27.52 g, 12h). British Victory issue. Rome mint. Struck AD 143-144. Laureate and draped bust right / Victory flying right, holding trophy in both hands. RIC III 717b; Banti 179. Dark green-brown patina, slightly rough surfaces. Near EF.

From the Jack A. Frazer Collection. Ex Triton IV (5 December 2000), lot 562.

Unlike the restless Hadrian, Antoninus Pius never left Italy and was content to rule from Rome. Only minor flare-ups in northern Britain and north Africa disturbed the general peace. This coin was issued to mark the suppression of the British uprising circa AD 143 by his governor of Britannia, Q. Lollius Urbicus, which led to Antoninus being acclaimed Imperator (victorious general) for the second time (IMPERATOR II). It also occasioned the building of a new wall in turf 80 miles north of Hadrian’s Wall, the so-called Antonine Wall, across the Firth of Forth. This was the only instance of imperial expansion during the reign of Antoninus, and the new frontier was abandoned shortly after his reign ended.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 114 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 13-14 May 2020. This lot is in Session 3, which begins 14 May 2020 at 9 AM ET.

UPDATE: As the CNG staff and many of our clients remain under social distancing and other restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CNG 114 will be held as an internet only auction. The sale will take place as scheduled on 13-14 May 2020.

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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