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Extremely Rare First Issue

247, Lot: 334. Estimate $100.
Sold for $525. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Quintillus. AD 270. Antoninianus (18mm, 3.83 g, 8h). Mediolanum (Milan), 2nd officina. 1st emission, AD 270. IMP C M AVR CL QVIN[TILLV]S AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / FORTVN-A-E RED, Fortuna standing left, holding rudder and cornucopia; S. RIC -; Huvelin 12; Venèra -. Good VF, slightly weak strike. Extremely rare first issue, apparently the fourth known.

This coin is from the second officina in the first issue for Quintillus at Mediolanum. This is the only issue at Mediolanum to use the long form of Quintillus's obverse legend (which is the primary indicator for this issue when combined with the bust style used only at Mediolanum - radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind). Prior to the Venèra hoard's publishing, there were no examples of this issue recorded in a primary reference - testament to their rarity. Huvelin only notes three examples (one each from the Evreux, Komin, and Arona hoards) of this particular type and officina combination. The reverse type and legend used on this particular specimen is a continuation of that begun in the second officina in the final emission of Claudius II from Mediolanum.