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Roman Empire, Nero dupondius "MACELLVS", Rome mint, AD 64
∆ dupondius, 13.4g, ō 28mm, 6h
Obv.: NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERM PM TR P IMP P P, radiate head right
Rev.: MACELLVS AVGVST[I] left and right border, S C below, left end right of the steps II in exergue, Frontal view of the Macellum Magnum.
RIC 189 [R2] var (rev. legend); Cohen 130 var (same); BMCRE p.236 * ("variety of rev. legend MACELLVS (!) AVGVST∑S∑C∑, obv. CLAVDIVS∑∑∑GERM∑, radiate, r., in Naples; 'Macellus' (for 'Macellum') does not inspire confidence as an ancient reading."); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 1963 var (same); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 12b
This is a very rare full legend instead of the usual abbreviation "MAC AVG". In addition, the variant "MACELLVS" is used instead of the usual "MACELLVM". This type (with normal legend) is listed as extremely rare (R2) in RIC. A coin of the same reverse die but in (a)EF condition was auctioned by Numismatica Ars Classica, 2 April 2008, Auction 45, Lot number: 91.
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