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First Issue of Pius as Augustus
Ex Biaggi Collection

Triton XXII, Lot: 1085. Estimate $5000.
Sold for $5500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. AV Aureus (19.5mm, 7.19 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 138. IMP CAES AEL • ANTONINVS AVG, laureate head right / PONT MAX TR POT COS, Pietas, veiled, standing right before lighted and garlanded altar, raising right hand and holding acerrum (incense box) in left. RIC III –; Strack 10 = Münzhandlung Basel 6, lot 1729 (same dies); Calicó 1608 (this coin illustrated); BMCRE 7; Biaggi 751 (this coin). Good VF, red tone in devices. Extremely rare first issue of Antoninus Pius as Augustus.

Ex D. Fagan Collection (Triton XVII, 6 January 2015), lot 1098, purchased from Tom Cederlind; Leo Biaggi de Blasys Collection, 751; Ars Classica XVI (3 July 1933), lot 1732.