Postumus, Romano-Gallic Emperor, 260-269. Double Sestertius (Orichalcum, 34 mm, 19.72 g, 6 h), Cologne, 261. IMP C M CASS LAT POSTVMVS P F AVG Radiate, helmeted, draped and cuirassed bust of Postumus to right, with a carefully trimmed beard. Rev. VIRTV - S AVG Cuirassed bust of Virtus to left, with a carefully trimmed beard, features similar to those of Postumus himself, and a crested helmet with its bowl ornamented with tendrils, holding short spear over his right shoulder and with a shield over his left. Bastien, Bustes, pl. 110, 2 = Bastien, Postume, 106 (but struck from dies differing from the present piece) = Cohen 436. RIC 183 (cited from Cohen 436). Thys (Jacquier 42, 2016) -. Cf. the double sestertius that appeared as lot 193 in Numismatica Genevensis SA 6, 2010 (as Bastien 107). Of great rarity, apparently only the second known example of this type. Bearing portraits of Postumus of exceptionally fine quality, surely engraved by a die cutter who also worked the emperor's gold coinage. Some minor pitting, smoothing in the fields and around the letters of the legend, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 4000 CHF