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Lot # 415 - Auction is closed.Estimate: US$100 / Price Realized: US$650
Lot of three bronze diobols of Septimius Severus, Geta as Caesar, and Maximinus I, the last ex Dattari.
Lot of three bronze diobols of Septimius Severus, Geta as Caesar, and Maximinus I, the last ex Dattari. g. (0h). . (1) Septimius Severus, AE 24, possibly Year 6 = 197/8 AD, 10.51g. Head of Septimius laureate right / Bust of bearded god right. Unattributable until better specimens appear; the obverse die should be identifiable. (2) Geta as Caesar, AE 20-23.5, date illegible but possibly Year 8 = 199/200 AD, 8.17g. Bare-headed bust right / Caracalla and Geta in military dress, standing facing one another and sacrificing at an altar between them. Cf. Dattari-Savio pl. 222, 4082 (Year 8) and Emmett 2808 (citing only the Dattari coin of Year 8). (3) Maximinus I, AE 22-23, date illegible, 9.27g. Obv: AVTO MA╬IMINOC EVC CE (weak) Bust laureate, draped, cuirassed right. Rx: Nike seated left holding wreath and palm, date in lower left field illegible. Stated to be ex Dattari, but not illustrated in Dattari-Savio. Unpublished, only the second Alexandrian bronze coin known for the reign of Maximinus I, after a unique bronze drachm of Year 1 that appeared in Sotheby's Jungfleisch Sale of 9 March 1972, and is now in the collection of John Aiello (Emmett 3309/1). Perhaps our new diobol is also of Year 1, like the drachm; on the other hand its Nike seated reverse type appeared on the reign's tetradrachms only in Year 4 (Emmett 3291 and 3326). This coin was mistakenly interpreted as a tetradrachm by its previous owner, but its characteristics are certainly those of a diobol: beveled edge, thinner and lighter flan than those used for tetradrachms, no trace of silver in the metal, types struck from slightly smaller dies. Addendum: But in the opinion of RPC author Andrew Burnett, this last piece might in fact just be an underweight billon tetradrachm of Maximinus I, not an unpublished bronze diobol. The estimate for this lot of three coins has therefore been reduced from $300 to $100. VG.
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