Perhaps the most famous monument of ancient Rome is the Colosseum,
which has also been called Flavian’s Amphitheater for the Flavian
dynasty that built it.
A circa A.D. 80 to 81 orichalcum sestertius celebrating the
Colosseum’s construction highlights Heritage Auctions’ April 10 to 12
auction at the Chicago International Coin Fair.
Construction of the famed structure, where Christians were famously
fed to lions and where gladiatorial contests were staged, began in
A.D. 70, on the site of Nero’s Golden House. Flavius Vespasianus (the
ruler under whom construction began) dedicated the partially completed
structure in AD 75; however the final touches, including the top tiers
of arches and seating, were not completed until June, AD 80, under his
son and successor Titus.
When completed, the Colosseum was the first permanent outdoor
amphitheater, and was unrivaled in size for 18 centuries.
The sestertius in the Heritage auction was issued to mark the
completion, and is shown in detail despite the 31-millimeter-diameter
size of the coin.
From the Dr. Patrick Tan Collection, the coin has a green patina and
is “Good Very Fine,” according to the auction house.
The coin has a pre-sale estimate of $80,000 to $100,000 U.S.
To learn more about the sale, visit the auction house’ website, www.ha.com, or telephone it at 800-672-2646.