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Lot 130

Rome. Trebonianus Gallus, 251-253 AD. Gold Binio (6.17 g), Rome, struck c. June-November 251 AD. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Trebonianus Gallus right. Reverse: Salus standing right, holding snake in her right hand and feeding it from a patera held in her left; SALVS AVGG. Fr-552; RIC 13; Biaggi 1414; Calicó 3346; C. 113. Attractive light toning, with a superb portrait and unusually handsome reverse - all on a spacious flan. Tiny scrape on the obverse. Very rare. NGC graded About Uncirculated.

Gold aurei were lightened as to their weight nearly as soon a their inaugural issuance. As can be seen from the given weights in grams in this superlative collection, the AD 3rd century brought a confusion of standards. The great fluctuation of existing specimens suggests that they were weighed and equated to so many silver coins, or computed as to their combined weight. A "binio" is simply a double.
Estimated Value $14,000 - 16,000.
Ex "Perfectionist Collection," Leu 93, 10 May 2005, lot 89; ex Bank Leu 10, 29 May 1974, 340.

Realized $36,800

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