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Sale: Triton VI, Lot: 937. Estimate $3000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 13 January 2003. 
Sold For $4750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS. 193-211 AD. AR Denarius (3.28 gm). Struck 204 AD. SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right / FELICITAS, SAECVLI in exergue, Septimius, Caracalla, and Geta seated right on platform; urn and attendant standing right before them; to right of platform, citizen standing left. RIC IV 263; BMCRE 326; RSC 134. Good VF, small reverse inclusion. Very rare. ($3000)

From the Marc Melcher Collection.

The scene on the reverse of this coin displays a typical scene from a ceremony performed before the Secular Games. Among the highest rarities of Severan denarii.