Title from dealer's catalog. Date taken from dealer's catalog. Laureate-draped and cuirassed bust r., rev., Victory aug., Victory standing facing, holding wreath and palm (RIC 25). Exhibited at the Sterling Memorial Library, September-November 14, 1993. Balbinus, Roman orator, poet and statesman, appointed in 238 by the Senate as joint emperor of Rome and murdered the same year by soldiers of the Praetorian Guard at Rome. (The New Century Cyclopedia of Names, ed. Clarence L. Barnhard [New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc. 1954] col. 1, p. 318). This sestertius, originally equivalent to the value of about four asses, was among the many hundreds of ancient coins in Walpole's collection at Strawberry Hill. "The Valuable Contents of Strawberry Hill," sold on behalf of George, 7th Earl of Waldegrave by Mr. George Robins, 20 April 1842 (9th day of sale), lot 40, described under the heading "Coins and Medals" as "A Sestertius of the Emperor Balbinus (and 11 other coins)." Sold to Dr. Rawlins, for £3.30. The I.I. Mason Collection, sold Sotheby's, 20-21 March 1901, lot 245 (£10.6.0). The Henry Platt Hall Collection, sold Sotheby's, 16-21 November 1950, lot 1842 (£2. for the Sesterius only), who stated it had been in the Hobler and Veze collection. Acquired by Spink for W.S. Lewis at above sale.
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Sestertius of Emperor Decimus Caelius Balbinus. The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.