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Lot # 438 - Auction is closed.Estimate: US$500 / Price Realized: US$425
Diocletian. Billon tetradrachm
Diocletian. Billon tetradrachm, 7.29g. (12h). . , Year 12 = 295/6 AD. Obv: ─IOK╦HTIANOC CEB Bust laureate, cuirassed right, seen from front, fold of cloak on front shoulder. Rx: Helmeted, cuirassed bust of Diocletian left, holding spear over shoulder and shield, helmet decorated with figure of Nike advancing left, date IB / L in left field. CNG E317, 18 December 2013, lot 196 (same rev. die). Not in the standard references. aEF.

This coin is unpublished in the standard references, but a similar reverse type, helmeted bust of emperor or Caesar left, is known for both Maximinianus I (same year 295/6 AD) and for Constantius I as Caesar (preceding year 294/5 AD): see Dattari-Savio pl. 285, 5824, and pl. 289, 6030 and 10751.
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