obolos 16
11. October 2020
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Lot 1087
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Hammer Price: 130 CHF
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L. Marcius Censorinus, 82 BC. Denarius (Silver, 17.5 mm, 3.63 g, 8 h), Rome. Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. [L ·] CENSOR Marsyas advancing left, extending right arm and holding wineskin in his left hand over his left shoulder; behind, column bearing statue on top. Babelon, (Marcia) 24. Crawford 363/1d. Sydenham 737. Lightly toned. Very fine.



Marsyas was a Phrygian satyr connected to the worship of Dionysos via his flute playing: he was one of the Tityroi, the double-flute playing satyrs in the train of the god. Legend said that it was Marsyas who invented flute playing. The story goes that Athena had crafted the very first flute, but discarded it because she did not like how it disfigured her cheeks when she blew into it. Marsyas found it and played it beautifully. He felt that he was so good that he challenged the god Apollo to a musical contest, the winner to determine the fate of the loser. Apollo won, of course, and after tying Marsyas to a tree he flayed him alive for his presumption of challenging him.
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Online bidding closes:
11 Oct 2020 23:03:30 CEST
Current Date & Time:
22 Oct 2020 20:28:41 CEST
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Hammer Price:
130 CHF by MailBidder4456 (Bids: 9)

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Lot 1087
Starting Price: 50 CHF
L. Marcius Censorinus, 82 BC. Denarius (Silver, 17.5 mm, 3.63 g, 8 h), Rome. Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. [L ·] CENSOR Marsyas advancing left, extending right arm and holding wineskin in his left hand over his left shoulder; behind, column bearing statue on top. Babelon, (Marcia) 24. Crawford 363/1d. Sydenham 737. Lightly toned. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 130 CHF
Lot 1088
Starting Price: 50 CHF
M. Herennius, 108-107 BC. Denarius (Silver, 18 mm, 3.95 g, 1 h), Rome. PIE(TA)S Diademed head of Pietas to right. Rev. M · HERENNI One of the Catanaean brothers running right, bearing his father on his shoulders; in right field, C. Babelon, (Herennia) 1a. Crawford 308/1b. Sydenham 567a. Lightly toned, well centered and clear. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 140 CHF
Lot 1089
Starting Price: 75 CHF
L. Appuleius Saturninus, 104 BC. Denarius (Silver, 18 mm, 3.98 g, 6 h), Rome. Helmeted head of Roma to left. Rev. L · SATVRN Saturn driving galloping quadriga right, holding harpa in his right hand; below, R surrounded by four pellets. Babelon, (Appuleia) 1. Crawford 317/3b. Sydenham 578a. A well centered strike. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 110 CHF
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