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CNG 111, Lot: 701. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $900. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. Æ As (26.5mm, 11.82 g, 11h). Rome mint. Struck circa AD 140. Laureate head right / Mars, helmeted, naked but for cloak on left arm, holding spear and shield, descending right through the air towards Rhea Silvia, who is reclining asleep on the ground, left, her drapery falling to her waist, her hands behind her head. RIC III 694a. Good VF, dark brown and red patina, some green, lightly smoothed.

Ex John Bitner Collection (Classical Numismatic Group 84, 5 May 2010), lot 1029; Classical Numismatic Group 63 (21 May 2003), lot 1365.

In Roman mythology, Mars and Rhea Silvia were the parents of Romulus and Remus, legendary founders of Rome.