A Distinguished Collection of Roman Bronze Coins, the Property of a Gentleman
Date of Auction: 15th February 2017
Sold for £4,000
Estimate: £800 - £1,000
FootnoteProvenance: R. Carfrae Collection, Sotheby Auction, 8-11 July 1901, lot 273; F. McClean Collection, Sotheby Auction, 13-19 June 1906, lot 661 (part); L. Vierordt Collection, Schulman Auction 139 (Amsterdam), 5 March 1923, lot 667; R. Laughlin Collection, Adolph Hess Auction 221 (Lucerne), 18 December 1933; bt Spink December 1939.
One of a series of nine bronzes issued by Tiberius c. 22-3. The three coins showing female portraits were all traditionally attributed to Livia. However, that on the current piece is now believed to represent the justice Tiberius achieved against Piso after the death of his heir Germanicus in 19. Of the other two, the Pietas type is believed to be Drusus’s wife Livilla while the Salus Augusta dupondius is still thought to portray the emperor’s mother