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ROMAN EMPIRE, ANTONINUS PIUS sestertius, RIC 749 var.
Sestertius (26.0g, 31mm, 12h), Rome mint, Struck AD 144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PI-VS P P TR P COS III, laurate head Antoninus Pius facing right
Rev.: DES IIII (around) S C (in field), Salus standing left, holding a long sceptre and feeding a snake coiling around an altar.
RIC 749var.(*); Strack 949; Banti 138 var.
Ex D. Ruskin, 1998; ex Mike R. Vosper (Colchester, UK)

(*) This is a rare variant only recorded by Strack (found only in the Vienna and Lckger collections) but not by RIC, Cohen, BMC nor Banti. The reverse type differs from RIC 749 ("Salus standing l., [...] holding rudder on globe") while a long sceptre is depicted on this coin. BM Catalogue, 1968 (see pp 265-266, Pl 39.13, 39.14 ).
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