Rome, CE 206
AR denarius, 3.41 gm, 20 mm, 12h
Obv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right
Rev: LAETITIA TEMPORVM, the spina of the Circus Maximus decorated as a ship facing left, with the turning posts at its prow and stern, a sail mounted on the central obelisk, and the spina's other monuments visible in between; above the ship, four quadrigas racing left; below, seven animals: an ostrich at left and a bear at right; between them a lion and a lioness chasing a wild ass and a panther attacking a bison
Ref: RIC 274; BMC 343.
Near Extremely Fine. Very Rare.
Privately acquired August 2014
ex Colosseo Collection
ex Roma Numismatics, Auction VII, lot 1108
Lighting and camera settings can markedly impact the look of a given coin. Here's another image of the coin with a different lamp, different position, and different camera settings. While the other image more closely resembles the in-hand look in daylight, this picture shows the devices more clearly.