Leu Numismatik AG
Auction 13  27 May 2023
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Lot 328

Estimate: 1500 CHF
Price realized: 4600 CHF
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Pescennius Niger, 193-194. Denarius (Silver, 18 mm, 2.80 g, 12 h), Antiochia, 194. [IMP CA]ES C PESC NIGER IVS AVG COS II Laureate head of Pescennius Niger to right. Rev. SAETERNITAS AVS (sic!) Seven stars above crescent. BMC -. Cohen -. RIC -. Unpublished and unique. A lustrous and attractive coin with a very interesting reverse. Good extremely fine.

From a European collection, formed before 2005.

The reverse legend on this exceptional coin, SAETERNITAS AVS, clearly does not make any sense. What happened is that the artist started engraving the legend SAECVLI FELICITAS (cf. RIC 73), before switching to AETERNITAS AVG (cf. RIC 1) in error.
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