The Roman Empire
Estimate: 3'500 CHF
Starting price: 2'800 CHF
Price realized: 2'800 CHF
Octavian, as Augustus 27 BC – 14 AD
Denarius, Colonia Patricia circa 18 BC, AR 3.78 g. S·P·Q·R PAREN[T] / CONS SVO Toga picta over tunica palmata between aquila, on l., and wreath, on r. Rev. CAESAR[I] / AVGVST[O] Slow quadriga r., panels decorated with Victories and surmounted by four miniature galloping horses. C 78. BMC 397. RIC 99. CBN 1191.
In unusually fine condition for the issue. Wonderful iridescent tone, reverse
slightly off-centre, otherwise good extremely fine / extremely fine
Privately purchased from Freeman and Sear.
I remember David Michaels writing up the invoice for this coin and after struggling with what to identify it as, he simply put “wonder coin” as the description. It really is a stunning piece. I would call it a wonder coin as well! MSG.