Publius Licinius Cornelius Saloninus Valerianus topped the bill at Dix Noonan Webb’s early December coin sale in London.
It was a gold aureus struck during the brief period when Saloninus was Caesar that proved the star of the show. In the catalog the aureus was described as, “extremely rare, undoubtedly one of the finest specimens known.” Perhaps this helped prompt the bidding to begin at the pre-sale high estimate of £40,000 [$62,400]. Eventually the coin was secured by an internet buyer for a hammer price of £70,000 [$109,200]. With buyers’ commission included the total was £84,000 [$131,040].
Among other top-selling lots were several Victorian British proof sets that realized prices well in excess of estimate. An 1887 set comprising a crown, double florin, halfcrown, florin, shilling, sixpence and threepence fetched nearly 10 times its making £11,040 [$17,222]. The two-day sale realized a total of £600,384 [$936,599]. Full catalog details and prices realized may be found at www.dnw.co.uk.
This article was originally printed in World Coin News.
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