Macrinus, 217-218. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 31 mm, 24.34 g, 1 h), Rome, summer 217-early 218. IMP CAES M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG Laureate and cuirassed bust of Macrinus to right. Rev. SALVS PVBLICA / S C Salus seated left, feeding serpent coiled around altar from patera held in her left hand and placing her right on the neck of the serpent. BMC -. Clay Issue 2. Cohen 117. RIC 197. Very rare. A lovely piece, boldly struck and with a very attractive portrait. A few rough spots, otherwise, about extremely fine.
From an old Viennese collection, formed in the 1950s and 1960s and in 3rd generation family possession since.