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Auction 12  15 May 2022
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Lot 1397

Estimate: 10 000 CHF
Price realized: 20 000 CHF
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Otacilia Severa, Augusta, 244-249. Denarius (Silver, 20 mm, 2.64 g, 12 h), Rome, 245. MARCIA OTACIL SEVERA AVG Diademed and draped bust of Otacilia Severa to right. Rev. PVDICITIA AVG Pudicitia seated left, raising veil with her right hand and holding long scepter in her left. Cohen 52. Hunter -. RIC 123b. Extremely rare. Lightly toned and with a fine portrait. Struck from a slightly worn reverse die, otherwise, extremely fine.

From the collection of Dipl.-Ing. Adrian Lang and from the Imagines Imperatorum Collection, Aureo & Calicó, 15 February 2012, 216, from the collection of Leo Benz, Lanz 100, 20 November 2000, 274 and ex Lanz 38, 24 November 1986, 825.

For a note regarding the denarii of Philip I and his family, see lot 1389 above. This example, originating from the prestigious Imagines Imperatorum and Leo Benz Collections, is the only denarius of Otacilia Severa to show up on the market since its appearance in the Benz sale in 2000, which gives collectors an idea of just how rare the issue is.
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