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CNG 84, Lot: 1277. Estimate $400.
Sold for $425. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Philip I. AD 244-249. Æ Sestertius (31mm, 16.90 g, 12h). Secular Games issue. Rome mint, 5th officina. 10th emission, AD 249. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / MILIARVM SAECVLVM, cippus inscribed COS/III in two lines. RIC IV 157a; Banti 24. Good VF, brown and red patina.

From the John Bitner Collection. Ex Hirsch 237 (24 November 2004), lot 863.

Differing from the usual reverse legend for this series, the ‘millennial age’ is conveyed through the use of Miliarum Saeculum, commemorating Rome’s newly completed millennium and commencement upon another.