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    Pescennius Niger. 193-194 AD. Denarius, 2.96g (1h). Antioch. Obv: IMP CAES [C P]E[S]CE - NN NIGER IVSTI AV Head laureate right. Rx: CELERI (sic) FR - VG[I]FER Fides Publica standing left holding plate of fruit and two wheat ears. BMC p. 75 note, citing the Niklovits Sale, this coin. RIC 11 (R3), citing Windisch-Grätz 1561, probably this coin. Apparently unique: both BMC and RIC cite our coin. Dark-gray toning. With an expressive portrait. EF.

    Ex L. Hamburger, 19 October 1925, Niklovits, lot 1174. Ex Windisch-Grätz Collection, 1900, no. 1561.

    On the reverse, the engraved erred twice: first, in misspelling Ceres' name, CELERI for CERERI; second, in applying a legend of Ceres to the Fides Publica reverse type, which the Syrian mints usually mislabeled BONI EVENTVS. Even in the coinage of Pescennius Niger with its innumerable legend varieties and not infrequent misspellings, a mislabeled reverse type is exceptional.


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