PETRONIUS MAXIMUS GOLD SOLIDUS – EXTREMELY RARE AND DESIRABLE ISSUE OF SHORT-REIGNING EMPEROR STRUCK RIGHT BEFORE THE SACK OF ROME – CHOICE VF NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERIAL COIN (Inv. 14751)
ROMAN EMPIRE. PETRONIUS MAXIMUS, AD 455 (March 16 – May 31)
Gold Solidus, 4.40 g., 21 mm, struck at Rome.
Obv. D N PETRONIVS MA-XIMVS P F AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Petronius Maximus right.
Rev. Rev. Emperor standing facing, holding cross and Victory on globe, stepping on human-headed serpent, R-M in field, COMOB in exergue
RIC 2202; LRC 874; Lacam, pl. IV, 3 (same dies); Depeyrot 48/3 (incorrectly combining the two different reverse types listed in RIC).
Ex Poulos Family Collection, ex Kuenker 226, 3/11/2013, lot 1044 (where is realized over 50K) = NAC 64, 5/17/2012, lot 1360.
NGC graded CHOICE VF, Strike 5/5, Surface 2/5, marks. An emperor that ruled for 76 days, Petronius Maximus was the last man to hold the title prior to the destruction of the city by the Vandals a few days after his death.