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CNG 106, Lot: 769. Estimate $500.
Sold for $320. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Marcus Aurelius. AD 161-180. Æ Sestertius (31mm, 25.12 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 171(?) or later. M ANTONINVS AG TR P XXIII, laureate head right / PRIMI DECEN/NALES/COS III/S C in four lines all within laurel wreath. RIC III – (cf. 1003 for TR P XXV); MIR 18, – (cf. 211-6/30 for TR P XXV); Banti – (cf. 239 for TR P XXV). VF, brown patina with touches of green, die break across reverse, some minor pitting.

Ex Frank L. Kovacs Collection (Helios 1, 17 April 2008), lot 293.

This coin is either an engraver’s error with the blundered obverse legend (AG and TRP XXIII), or it is a contemporary, well-made, imitation.