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Pupienus, 238 AD, AE Sestertius, Pax Republica, struck April-July 238 AD

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Origin: Rome mint
Authority: Pupienus
Denomination: AE Sestertius
Composition: Orichalcum
Date: 22 April - 29 July 238 AD, Issue 1
Obverse: IMP CAES M CLOD PVPIENVS AVG, Head of Pupienus, laureate, heavy-bearded, draped and cuirassed, facing right
Reverse: PAX-PVBLICA, Pax draped, seated left on throne, holding branch up in right hand and transverse sceptre in left; fold of drapery over left arm; S C in exergue
Size: 30.11mm, 20.4g, 1h
Grade: Choice gVF, lifelike portrait, boldly struck, well centred, irregular shaped flan, re-patinated surfaces
Rarity: Rare
Provenance: From the Dr. Neussel collection (no. 1187) with his coin flip insert, ex Dr. Busso Peus Nachf Auction 420 (1 November 2017), Lot 419
References: BMCRE VI 48-49; RIC IV 22a; Cohen V 23; Banti 6; SRCV III 8533
General: Pupienus (Marcus Clodius Pupienus Maximus Augustus) jointly ruled with Balbinus as Roman Emperor for just three months in 238 AD, during the tumultuous 'Year of the Six Emperors'. The reverse legend PAX PVBLICA translates as 'peace for the public'.
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