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CNG Feature Auction 114

Lot nuber 1036

Anthemius. AD 467-472. AV Tremissis (14mm, 1.48 g, 6h). Mediolanum (Milan) mint.


CNG Feature Auction 114
Lot: 1036.
 Estimated: $ 1 000

Roman Imperial, Gold

Sold For $ 3 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Anthemius. AD 467-472. AV Tremissis (14mm, 1.48 g, 6h). Mediolanum (Milan) mint. Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Cross within wreath; COMOB. RIC X 2900; Ulrich-Bansa, Moneta 142; Lacam pl. 31, 137–43 var. (obv. legend break); Depeyrot 32/5; CNG 96, lot 945 (same dies). Struck from worn dies. In NGC encapsulation 4936620-024, graded VF, Strike: 5/5, Surface: 4/5.

After the death of Libius Severus, the western half of the Roman Empire was without an emperor for over a year. The de facto power was wielded by Ricimer, and Leo was either too busy or did not feel there was a need to nominate an emperor. Matters changed, however, probably as a result of a Vandal raid into Greece, and Leo designated Procopius Anthemius emperor of the western provinces to deal with the Vandal menace issuing from Africa under Vandal king Gaiseric. The expedition against Gaiseric was a total failure from the start due to the incompetence of the joint commander from the East, Leo's brother-in-law Basiliscus. With the failure to defeat the Vandals and anti-Greek feelings in Rome, Anthemius was not well liked and eventually Olybrius, with the aid of Ricimer, usurped power. Anthemius was killed by the barbarian soldier Gundobald as he attempted to flee Rome.

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.

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