The Roman Empire
Estimate: 2'000 CHF
Starting price: 1'600 CHF
Price realized: 1'800 CHF
Octavian, as Augustus 27 BC – 14 AD
A series of Cippus issues of Augustus
The Cippus was a Roman signpost often placed alongside a roadway. The cippus was engraved with information relating to upcoming or current events important to the empire and often the emperor specifically. Some of these signposts survive into modern times. A nice group of them can be seen on display in Rome at the Capitoline Museum near the Roman Forum. Interestingly, all four of the pieces below were minted by Roman moneyers right at the end of the time the moneyers would be allowed to place their name on the coins they produced. Is it possible some concession was granted to them in return for using these specific images as part of their output? These coin types are all rather rare, as are the other issues by the moneyers. MSG.
L. Vinicius. Denarius 16 BC, AR 3.74 g. Equestrian statue of Augustus before the walls of a city; the pedestal inscribed [S P] Q R / [I]MP / [C]AES. (Senatus PopulusQue Romanus IMPeratori CAESari: The Senatus and the Roman People [dedicated this statue to] Imperator Caesar). Rev. L VINICIVS – [L F III VIR] Cippus inscribed S P [Q R] / IMP CAE / QVOD V / M S EX / EA P Q IS / AD A DE. (Senatus PopulusQue Romanus IMPeratori CAEsari Quod Viae Munitae Sunt EX EA Pecunia Quem IS AD Aerarium DEtulit: The senate and the Roman People [give thanks to] Imperator Caesar for repairing the roads with the money which he has made available to the Treasury). C 543. BMC 82. RIC 362. CBN 358.
A lovely iridescent tone, minor areas of weakness, otherwise about extremely fine
Ex Leu 2, 1972, 354; Adolph Hess 252, 1982, 227; Lanz 88, 1998, 954 and Künker 124, 2007, 8679 sales.
I have never seen this piece fully struck on both sides. MSG.