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CNG Feature Auction 114

Lot nuber 922

Pescennius Niger. AD 193-194. AR Denarius (20mm, 4.10 g, 12h). Antioch mint.

CNG Feature Auction 114
Lot: 922.
 Estimated: $ 1 500

Roman Imperial, Silver

Sold For $ 1 400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Pescennius Niger. AD 193-194. AR Denarius (20mm, 4.10 g, 12h). Antioch mint. IMP CAES C PESEN NIGER IVST ΛV, laureate head right / BONI E VENTVS, Bonus Eventus (or Fides) standing left, holding up plate of fruit with right hand and two grain ears. RIC IV 5e var. (obv. legend); RSC 10e var. (same); BMCRE 299 (Wars of the Succession) var. (same). Small flan flaw on obverse, light porosity. Good VF.

From the John L. Cowan Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 111 (29 May 2019), lot 742.

Following the death of Pertinax in AD 193, and the “sale” of the Roman throne by the Praetorian Guard to Didius Julianus, the legions of Syria hailed their governor, Pescennius Niger, as emperor. Septimius Severus, who had been proclaimed emperor by the Danubian legions at about the same time, first secured his power by subduing Rome, then marched to encounter Niger. In the ensuing battles, Severus proved to be the stronger adversary and Niger was overtaken as he attempted escape to Parthia. He was executed and his head was sent to Severus, who then ruthlessly slaughtered the rest of Niger's family.

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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