Ancient Coins (27 September 2011)

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Date of Auction: 27th September 2011

Sold for £30,000

Estimate: £10,000 - £12,000

Roman Imperial coins, Septimius Severus, Caracalla and Geta, Aureus, Rome c. 210, SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head of Severus right, rev. VIRTVS AVGVSTORVM, Severus, Caracalla and Geta, all in military attire, on horses prancing left; all with right hands raised, 7.21g/12h (RIC 305; Hill 1075; BMC 374; Calicó 2578). Extremely fine with lustre £10,000-12,000

Footnote

Provenance: Hunt collection, Sotheby New York 21 June 1990, 765

This reverse military type refers to Severus’ war and victory in Britain with his sons in 211, which he did not live to celebrate in Rome.