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Nomos AG > Auction 32Auction date: 8 June 2024
Lot number: 276

Lot description:

The Anthony Milavic Collection of Ancient Games Coins

Agonistic Tables


SYRIA, Coele-Syria. Heliopolis. Valerian I, 253-260. (Bronze, 25 mm, 12.55 g, 1 h), commemorating the World-wide Capitoline Games, 256/257. IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS P F AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Valerian I to right, seen from behind. Rev. COL IVL A - V - G FEL HEL Two legged table bearing a prize crown inscribed CERT / CAP / OEC and containing two palm branches; below, vase. RPC X Online 63795. Sawaya 687-689 (D105/R253, same dies - R254 is simply a worn R253). Extremely rare. Rough golden patina. Minor roughness, otherwise, very fine.

From the collections of Major Anthony F. Milavic, USMC (Ret.) and J-P. Righetti, Münzen & Medaillen (DE) 20, 10 October 2006, 667.

Only three examples of this issue were known to Sawaya, all in public collections. What is curious about this coin is that the portrait on the obverse seems to be that of Trebonianus Gallus! Obviously, this coin must have been struck early in Valerian's reign, before the local engraver knew what the new emperor looked like!

Starting price: 125 CHF