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    Augustus (27 BC-AD 14). AE sestertius (33mm, 25.89 gm, 11h). NGC XF 4/5 - 3/5. Lugdunum, ca. AD 10-14. CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, laureate head of Augustus right / ROM ET AVG, facade of the Altar of Roma and Augustus at Lugdunum, decorated with wreath, palmettes and garlands, flanked by two Victories on columns. RIC I 231a. Very rare. Exceptionally attractive for the issue with strong reverse and contrasting toning.

    Although Augustus regularized the Roman coinage system and established the large orichalcum (or brass) sestertius as its foundation, coins of this denomination with his portrait were never struck in Rome during his lifetime. Late in his long reign, the important Gallic mint city of Lugdunum began striking sestertii with an idealized head of Augustus, similar to the portrait seen on the widely-circulating silver denarii of the same city, backed with the facade of the Great Altar of Lugdunum constructed by the general Nero Claudius Drusus in 12 BC. These portrait sestertii were evidently struck in relatively large numbers, but saw heavy circulation and are rarely seen today in anything other than heavily worn condition.


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