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Lot # 312 - Auction is closed.Estimate: US$1500 / Price Realized: US$1300
Trajan Decius. Double Sestertius
Trajan Decius. 249-251 AD. Double Sestertius, 38.35g. (5h). Rome, . Obv: IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG Bust radiate, cuirassed right, seen from front. Rx: [FELICITA]S S[AECVLI] S - C Felicitas standing left holding long caduceus and cornucopia. RIC 115a (R). C 39 (30 Fr.). Some porosity, otherwise EF.

Acquired from Leo Dardarian, 10 June 1970.

Concentric circular grooves and scrapings eradicate most of the reverse legend. A technical curiosity, firstly because this coin has rotation dimples on both sides, which are very unusual on Roman imperial as opposed to Roman provincial coins, and secondly because on the reverse the rotating tool was used not to flatten the flan preparatory to striking as usual, but rather to remove the reverse legend after the type had been struck!.
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