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Extremely Rare Last Issue

247, Lot: 335. Estimate $200.
Sold for $785. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Quintillus. AD 270. Antoninianus (19mm, 4.10 g, 6h). Mediolanum (Milan), 2nd officina. 3rd emission, AD 270. Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / FIDES EXE-RCITI, Fides standing facing, holding two signa. RIC -; Huvelin 34; Venèra 10320. EF. Extremely rare, apparently the fifth known.

Both Giard and Huvelin place this type from the second officina in the rare third issue from Mediolanum, the last issue before Quintillus's death. Like the specimens found delineating the first issue, all of those of the third issue were apparently unknown until the Venèra hoard was published. Huvelin only cites four examples of this type in collections (with one each from Venèra and Normanby). Perhaps most interesting is that this reverse is new for this third issue, and was also used for aurei. Furthermore, all of the known examples, including the sole published aureus, share the same reverse die.