Monday, 16 January 2023

Diocletian medallion brings $2.3m

A spectacular Roman gold medallion sold for $2.3m at Classical Numismatic Group LLC’s Triton XXVI auction in New York City, shattering the record for the highest price paid for a Roman Imperial coin. The 10-aurei gold medallion of the Roman Emperor Diocletian (reigned 284-305A.D.), is the largest Roman gold coin to sell at auction in well over a century. The medallion, termed a denio by specialists, is nearly 40mm in diameter and weighs 53.65 grams.
It is believed to have been struck in 294 A.D. to mark Diocletian’s tenth anniversary of rule. The Diocletian denio was encapsulated by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation with an extraordinary grade of Choice AU★, Strike: 5/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style.