|Classical Numismatic Group > Triton XXVI||Auction date: 10 January 2023|
|Lot number: 768|
Price realized: 3,375 USD (Approx. 3,146 EUR) Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. Æ Sestertius (33mm, 23.97 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck circa AD 141-143. ANTONINVS AVG PI VS P P TR P COS III, laureate head right / TIBERIS, S C in exergue, Tiber reclining left on overturned urn from which water flows, right hand resting on boat, cradling reed in left arm; waves beneath. RIC III 642a; Banti 414 var. (break in obv. legend); BMCRE 1313-4 var. (no waves); Mazzini 819 var. (break in obv. legend). Dark brown surfaces, hints of smoothing, flan flaw, a couple light scratches on reverse. Near EF. Exceptional strike.
From the DMS Collection, purchased from Harlan J. Berk, January 2003.
Unlike the restless Hadrian, Antoninus never left Italy during his reign and was content to rule from Rome. Stability and equanimity were his watchwords, and his policies kept the Empire on an even keel for 24 years. Although his coinage does refer to other provinces, Italy and Rome predominate, as with this sestertius with an elegant reclining figure representing the River Tiber.
Estimate: 1500 USD