obolos 16
11. October 2020
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Lot 1105
Starting Price: 40 CHF
Hammer Price: 140 CHF
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L. Marcius Censorinus, 82 BC. Denarius (Silver, 17 mm, 3.89 g, 4 h), Rome. Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. [L ·] CEN[SOR] 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. Toned. Reverse struck slightly off center, otherwise, 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 23:12:30 CEST
Current Date & Time:
22 Oct 2020 19:40:43 CEST
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Hammer Price:
140 CHF by ajuels2718 (Bids: 11)

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Lot 1105
Starting Price: 40 CHF
L. Marcius Censorinus, 82 BC. Denarius (Silver, 17 mm, 3.89 g, 4 h), Rome. Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. [L ·] CEN[SOR] 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. Toned. Reverse struck slightly off center, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 140 CHF
Lot 1106
Starting Price: 75 CHF
Q. Antonius Balbus, 83-82 BC. Denarius (Silver, 16.5 mm, 3.99 g, 5 h), Rome. Laureate head of Jupiter to right; behind neck, S · C. Rev. Q · (ANT)O · B(AL)B / PR Victory driving galloping quadriga to right, holding reins and palm branch in her left hand, wreath in her right; below, N. Babelon, (Antonia) 1. Crawford 364/1d. Sydenham 742. Lightly toned. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 140 CHF
Lot 1107
Starting Price: 75 CHF
L. Sulla and L. Manlius Torquatus, 82 BC. Denarius (Silver, 16 mm, 4.05 g, 3 h), mint moving with Sulla in Italy. [L ·] MANLI - PRO · Q Helmeted head of Roma ro right. Rev. [L] SVLLA · IMP Sulla driving slow quadriga to right; above, Victory flying left, crowning him with wreath held in right hand. Babelon, (Manlia) 5. Crawford 367/5. Sydenham 757a. Attractively toned and well centered. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 160 CHF
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