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Coin ID #11402

Kaisareia (AD 193-194) Drachm - Pescennius Niger

Pescennius Niger, 193-194 AD. AR Denarius - Drachm (2.46g, 18mm, 12h). Caesarea mint. IMP CAES C PESC NIGER IVST AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / ΔHMAPXI EΞ O VΠATOC, modius with grain ears. Fine, toned, porous, chipped at 12 o’clock from an attempted piercing. Very rare and important issue.

When Pescennius was proclaimed emperor by his troops in AD 193, he knew his reign as emperor would not be peaceful. He quickly set out to issue huge sums of denarii in his name to pay his troops and to win the loyalty of others. To do this, like so many before him, Pescennius reduced the fineness of his denarii to a point that they were equivalent to the Caesarean drachm. This coin provides a direct link to these events, combining a denarius obverse die and a drachm reverse die. This coin also presents clear evidence that both Antioch and Caesarea struck coins for Pescennius.

File information
City/Mint name:Kaisareia
Keywords:roman / bronze
References:RIC -; RSC -; Sydenham -; Buttrey, "The Denarii of Pescennius Niger," The Presidents Address, NumChron 1992, p. xix, fig. 6 (same dies)
Valuation:CNG Elec. Auc. 320 (2/2014), lot 457 ($900 + comm)
Photo courtesy of:Classical Numismatic Group -
Filesize:185 KiB
Date added:Jun 16, 2014
Dimensions:800 x 378 pixels
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