The Roman Empire
Estimate: 12'500 CHF
Starting price: 10'000 CHF
Price realized: 17'000 CHF
Octavian, as Augustus 27 BC – 14 AD
Cistophoric tetradrachm, Pergamum (?) 27-26 BC, AR 12.03 g. IMP·CAESAR Bare head r. Rev. AVGVSTVS Capricorn r. with cornucopiae; all within laurel wreath. C 16 var. (different positioning of obverse legend). BMC –. RIC 493. Sutherland Group IV, O5/R–. CBN –. RPC 2211.
Very rare and in exceptional condition for the issue. Struck in high relief and with a
lovely old cabinet tone. Minor areas of weakness, otherwise good extremely fine
Ex Heritage sale 3015, 2011, 23287. From the Rubicon Collection.
Although this issue is only slightly less common than that the last lot, it is tough to find in great condition. Slightly softly struck at the lower right reverse but still with a fully defined Capricorn. And the obverse portrait is terrific. Tough to find this issue much better. MSG.