Numismatica Ars Classica, Zurich   |   Auction 94   |   6 October 2016
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Lot 88





Estimate: 15'000 CHF   |   Starting price: 12'000 CHF Price realized: 30'000 CHF
The Roman Empire
Tiberius, 14 – 37
Aureus, Lugdunum 14-37, AV 7.81 g. TI CAESAR DIVI – AVG F AVGVSTVS Laureate head r. Rev. PONTIF – MAXIM Pax-Livia figure seated r. on chair with ornamented legs, holding long vertical sceptre and branch. C 15. BMC 46. RIC 29. CBN 32. Calicó 305a.
An absolutely spectacular portrait of great realism. Virtually as struck and almost Fdc
Ex Nomos Fixed Price list 2011, 90.

Some claim you can watch Tiberius' age on his coinage. I have searched for years to prove this was true. Victor England offered me this piece and I knew immediately that I had to have it. This is undoubtedly the best surviving “aging” portrait of Tiberius I have ever seen. The coin is virtually mint state to boot. I have seen many very nice aurei of Tiberius but there hasn’t been one that comes close to this magnificent piece in my mind. I wouldn’t miss the chance to add this to a first rate collection. It is doubtful you will ever see a better one. MSG.

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