Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Medallic Postumus Double Sestertius

    Postumus, Romano-Gallic Emperor (AD 259-269). Æ double sestertius (33mm, 37.90 gm, 7h). Cologne, AD 260. IMP C M CASS LAT POSTVMVS P I AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Postumus right / EXERCITVS AVG S C, emperor on horseback left, raising right hand and addressing three soldiers standing to left before, each holding signa. RIC 116. RCV 11035. Bastien 20-21. Rare. Tan "Tiber patina." Well-centered on an immense, medallic flan. NGC VF? 4/5 - 4/5.

    Soon after seizing control of Roman Gaul and Germania, Postumus commenced an impressive coinage to pay his soldiers to keep them loyal to his breakaway regime. One of his decisions was to revive the short-lived double sestertius denomination introduced by Trajan Decius about a decade before. These bronzes can be identified as double sestertii by the use of a radiate crown on the obverse; however they are often overstruck on older sestertii and hence no bigger or heavier than the single denomination. At 33mm and 37.94 grams, his remarkable piece is actually the same diameter and weight as the Trajan Decius coin. It ranks among the largest Postumus double sestertii on record, and quite possibly is the largest and heaviest ever offered at public auction. The reverse type is likewise one of the rarest for this rebel emperor.


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2014
    3rd-10th Wednesday-Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 258

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    17.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 12 days left to consign to the 2019 August 13 - 20 ANA World's Fair of Money US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago!

    Learn about consigning with us

    I could not have done better anywhere else.
    Paul R.,
    Carmel, NY
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 June 6 - 9 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
    2019 June 6 - 9 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
    REALIZED $8,361,305
    2019 April 25 - 29 Central States World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    2019 April 25 - 29 Central States World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    REALIZED $8,021,711
    2019 April 25 - 29 Central States World Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
    2019 April 25 - 29 Central States World Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
    REALIZED $1,927,114