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  1. Octavian as Augustus, 27 BC (1)
  2. Tiberius augustus, 14 (1)
  3. In the name of Nero Claudius Drusus, brother of Tiberius and father of Claudius (1)
  4. Nero augustus, 54 (1)
  5. Vespasian, 69 (2)
  6. Titus caesar, 69 (1)
  7. Domitian augustus, 81 (1)
  8. Domitia, wife of Domitian (1)
  9. Nerva, 96 (1)
  10. Trajan, 98 (2)
  11. Matidia, daughter of Trajan (1)
  12. Hadrian, 117 (3)
  13. Antoninus Pius, 138-161 (4)
  14. Faustina I, wife of Antoninus Pius (3)
  15. Marcus Aurelius caesar, 139 (1)
  16. Faustina II, wife of Marcus Aurelius and daughter of Antoninus Pius (1)
  17. Commodus, 177 (1)
  18. Crispina, wife of Commodus (1)
  19. Pertinax, January 1st (1)
  20. Septimius Severus, 193 (4)
  21. Julia Domna, wife of Septimius Severus (1)
  22. Caracalla, 198 (5)
  23. Plautilla, wife of Caracalla (1)
  24. Geta caesar, 198 (2)
  25. Elagabalus 218 (2)
  26. Severus Alexander, 222 (1)
  27. Gordian III, 238 (1)
  28. Philip II caesar, 244 (1)
  29. Trajan Decius, 249 (1)
  30. Herennia Etruscilla, wife of Trajan Decius. (1)
  31. Trebonianus Gallus, 251 (2)
  32. Volusian, 251 (1)
  33. Gallienus, 253 (3)
  34. Postumus, 260 (1)
  35. Aurelian, 270 (1)
  36. Tacitus, 275 (1)
  37. Probus, 276 (3)
  38. Carus, 282 (1)
  39. Numerian augustus, 283 (1)
  40. Carinus, 283 (1)
  41. Julian I of Pannonia, October (1)
  42. Diocletian, 284-305 (3)
  43. Maximianus augustus, first reign 286 (3)
  44. Constantius I Chlorus caesar, 293 (1)
  45. Constantius I Chlorus augustus, 305 (1)
  46. Galerius Maximianus caesar, 293 (1)
  47. Severus II caesar, 305 (1)
  48. Maximinus II Daia caesar, 305 (1)
  49. Maxentius, 307 (1)
  50. Licinius I, 308 (1)
  51. Licinius II caesar, 317 (1)
  52. Constantine I, 307 (7)
  53. Crispus caesar, 316 (1)
  54. Constantine II caesar, 316 (2)
  55. Constantius III, 8th February (1)
  56. Justa Gratia Honoria, sister of Valentinian III (1)



Numismatica Ars Classica, Zurich   |   Auction 102   |   24 October 2017 Sort by Lot-NumberSort by Estimate
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Lot 530





Estimate: 15'000 CHF   |   Starting price: 12'000 CHF
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Aureus circa 209, AV 7.14 g. SEVERVS – PIVS AVG Laureate head r. Rev. LIBERALIT – AS Septimius Severus, Caracalla and Geta seated l. on platform; Liberalitas standing before and officer standing after; citizen climbing steps on platform; in exergue, AVGG VI. C 300 var. (AVG VI in exergue). BMC 352. RIC 279 (AVG VI in exergue). Calicó 2481 (this coin).
Very rare and in superb condition for the issue. Perfectly struck and
centred on a very large flan, extremely fine
Ex Sotheby’s 10 June 1895, Sir E. H. Bunbury, 19b; Ars Classica VIII, 1924, Bement, 1160; NAC & Spink Taisei 15 November 1994, Gilbert Steinberg, 568; Triton II, 1998, 946; NAC 24, 2002, European Nobleman, 135; Rauch 71, 2003, 738 and Rauch 90, 2012, 547 sales. From the Karnak hoard.
Platform scenes, comprising a variety of formal events, such as donatives and speeches, are among the most sought-after of all reverse types. Typically they are ornate, can be tied to specific historical events, and often the physiognomic features of Imperial personages can be divined. In this case we have a truly historical type depicting the donative that accompanied the promotion of Geta from Caesar to Augustus. Though the coin was struck in Rome, the investiture took place in Britain, presumably at the frontier city of York, which the Severans made their base of operations for the campaign against the Caledonians. In truth it was not necessary for Severus to lead the campaign personally, but he did so to get his quarrelling sons, who accompanied him, out of Rome. The ageing emperor hoped that the experience might help bring perspective to matters and inspire a new harmony between his sons, but his hopes were in vain. Severus died at York early in February, 211 after having made no headway on the matter. This scene of a donative to the army is especially relevant to this late period of Severus' life considering his parting wisdom to his sons was: "Agree with each other, give money to the soldiers, and scorn all other men."

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