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Ex Biaggi de Blasys Collection – Illustrated in Calicó

CNG 111, Lot: 708. Estimate $5000.
Sold for $5500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. AV Aureus (18.5mm, 7.29 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 159-160. ΛNTONINVS ΛVG PIVS P P TR P XXIII, laureate head right / PIETATI ΛVG COS IIII, Pietas, draped, standing left, holding globe on right hand and child on left arm; at her sides, both left and right, a child standing left and raising right hand. RIC III 302a; Strack 848δ; Calicó 1602 (same coin as illustration); BMCRE 984; Biaggi 748 (this coin); Jameson –; Mazzini 622. Near EF, lightly toned, underlying luster.

From the Brexit Collection. Ex Leo Biaggi de Blasys Collection (Numismatica Ars Classica 49, 21 October 2008), lot 255 (hammer 6,250 CHF), purchased from Cahn in 1950 for 525 CHF.