A rare Roman Imperial coin from a short-lived reign during a civil
war highlights Freeman & Sear’s Manhattan sale No. 3, scheduled
for Jan. 3 in New York City.
The silver denarius of L. Clodius Macer, struck at Carthage circa
April to October A.D. 68, is “extremely rare, apparently from an
unpublished die pairing and one of only a handful of Clodius Macer
portrait denarii known to exist.” The abbreviation S C (Senatus
Consulto) “in this case mistakenly inverted,” plus his depiction
without a laurel crown, suggests he was revolting against Nero and not
the Senate, according to the catalog.
In Nearly Extremely Fine condition and “toned,” the coin has an
estimate of $60,000.
It is the highlight from the firm’s auction, which is scheduled in
conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention. The
auction offers 236 lots of Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins, and 52
lots of Celtic coins “from Cabinet Q.”
An 18 percent buyer’s fee applies to all successful bids, with a
discount to 15 percent for certain payment and bidding methods.
A PDF catalog is posted for free viewing at the firm’s website, www.freemanandsear.com.
Telephone Freeman & Sear at 310-450-9755, write the company at
P.O. Box 641352, Los Angeles, CA 90064 or email the firm at email@example.com.
Some additional highlights:
Celtic, North-Central Gaul, the Parisii, late second to early
first century B.C. gold stater, 7.29 grams, Sills Mint B, Class 1a,
Lot 14, “perhaps the finest known specimen.”
Greece, Sicily, Katane, circa 450 B.C. silver tetradrachm, 17.35
grams, Lot 59, “insignificant flan flaw on obverse, certainly among
the finest known specimens,” Nearly Extremely Fine.
Greece, island of Naxos, circa 430 B.C. silver tetradrachm, 16.81
grams, Lot 63, “minor porosity in isolated areas, otherwise nearly
Greece, Sicily, Syracuse, circa 490 to 485 B.C. silver
tetradrachm, 17.14 grams, “dies by the ‘master of the Large Arethusa
Heads,’ ” Lot 65, “deeply struck on a broad flan and attractive,
lightly toned,” Good Very Fine.
Greece, Seleucid Kingdom, Alexander I Balas, circa 150 B.C. silver
“marriage” tetradrachm, Ptolemais, jugate busts of Cleopatra Thea as
Tyche and Alexander I, “scarcely” 20 of these “marriage” tetradrachms
are known to exist, “they are struck from only three obverse dies, all
exhibiting a freshness that would point to a very brief issue,” Lot
147, “a couple of light scratches, Very Fine plus.”
Roman Imperial, Clodius Albinus as Caesar, circa A.D. 194/195
orichalcum sestertius, Rome Mint, 27.71 grams, Lot 186, “detailed
strike, nearly perfect black patina, certainly one of the finest
sestertii of Albinus,” Good EF.
Roman Imperial, Maxentius, circa A.D. 307 to 309 silver argenteus,
Lot 221, “light toning,” EF.
Roman Imperial, Constantius II, circa A.D. 337 to 361 silver ingot
of one Roman pound, 319 grams, shaped like a double ax-head with
flaring blades, Lot 225, “the image of Constantius II softly struck at
the top of his head, one corner chipped,” Good VF.
Byzantine Empire, Constantine XI Palaeologus, circa 1448 to 1453
silver stavraton, Constantinople, 6.62 grams, “the last Byzantine
emperor,” Lot 235, “some light encrustation, areas of striking
weakness as is typical with this emergency coinage, otherwise Good
Very Fine.” ■