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Sale: CNG 73, Lot: 943. Estimate $2000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 13 September 2006. 
Sold For $2500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Septimius Severus. AD 193-211. AR Denarius (3.09 g, 12h). Struck AD 204. SEVERVS PIVS AVG P M TR P XII, laureate head right / DI PATRII, Bacchus on left, standing front, head right, holding cup and thyrsus; facing him, Hercules on right, standing front, head left, holding club set on ground and lion-skin; at feet of Bacchus, left, panther. Cf. RIC IV 762 (Sestertius); RSC -. Good VF, toned. Unpublished as a denarius. Unique.

From the Robert Kutcher Collection.

This issue was struck to celebrate the secular games held in Rome in 204 AD. Although this reverse legend is previously unknown on silver issues of Septimius, it is known on his sestertii, as well as aurei of Caracalla (RIC IV 76). The reverse type is the same as that known on the more common COS III LVDOS SAECVL FEC issue (RIC IV 257).