obolos 16
11. October 2020
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Lot 1115
Starting Price: 100 CHF
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
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Sextus Pompey, 37-36 BC. Denarius (Silver, 18 mm, 3.64 g, 10 h), military mint in Sicily. MAG•PIVS•IMP[•ITER] Bare head of Pompeius Magnus to right; behind, jug; before, lituus. Rev. PRAEF / CLAS•ET•ORAE / [MAR IT•EX•S•] Neptune standing left, holding aplustre in his hand and with his right foot on a prow; to left and right, one of the Catanaean brothers bearing his parent on his shoulders. Babelon, (Pompeia) 27. Crawford 511/3a. CRI 334. Sydenham 1344. With a fine portrait and very attractively toned. Broken and expertly reattached, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.



The brothers Amphinomus and Anapius from Catania in Sicily are said to have carried their aging parents upon their shoulders during an eruption of Mt. Etna. The familial devotion in doing this at the sacrifice of all their worldly possessions delighted the gods, who caused the fires around them to be parted, thus allowing the family to escape unharmed. Familial piety was most sacred to the Romans, a people who worshipped their ancestors (the familial lares) and who considered themselves the descendants of Aeneas who likewise carried his family to safety from the devastation of Troy during its sack by the Greeks. Here Sextus Pompey's use of the type, in conjunction with the portrait of his deceased father on the obverse, plays to this highly regarded Roman virtue of strict pietas to one's family.
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Online bidding closes:
11 Oct 2020 23:17:30 CEST
Current Date & Time:
22 Oct 2020 19:52:10 CEST
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Hammer Price:
420 CHF by bidder816 (Bids: 11)

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Lot 1115
Starting Price: 100 CHF
Sextus Pompey, 37-36 BC. Denarius (Silver, 18 mm, 3.64 g, 10 h), military mint in Sicily. MAG•PIVS•IMP[•ITER] Bare head of Pompeius Magnus to right; behind, jug; before, lituus. Rev. PRAEF / CLAS•ET•ORAE / [MAR IT•EX•S•] Neptune standing left, holding aplustre in his hand and with his right foot on a prow; to left and right, one of the Catanaean brothers bearing his parent on his shoulders. Babelon, (Pompeia) 27. Crawford 511/3a. CRI 334. Sydenham 1344. With a fine portrait and very attractively toned. Broken and expertly reattached, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Lot 1116
Starting Price: 150 CHF
Sextus Pompey, 37/6 BC. Denarius (Silver, 17.5 mm, 3.62 g, 4 h), military mint in Sicily. MAG•PIVS•IM[P•ITER] Bare head of Cn. Pompeius Magnus to right; behind, jug; before, lituus. Rev. PRAEF / CLAS•ET•ORÆ / (MAR)IT•EX•S•C Neptune standing left, holding aplustre in his hand and with his right foot on a prow; to left and right, one of the Catanaean brothers bearing his parent on his shoulders. Babelon, (Pompeia) 27. Crawford 511/3a. CRI 334. Sydenham 1344. Overall well centered and illustrating a scene of great daring and familial devotion. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 460 CHF
Lot 1117
Starting Price: 400 CHF
Mark Antony and Octavia. Cistophorus (Silver, 27 mm, 11.73 g, 12 h), Ephesus, 39 BC. M ANTONIVS IMP•COS•DESIG•ITER ET•TERT Head of Antony to right, wearing ivy wreath; below, lituus. Rev. III•VIR• R•P•C• Draped bust of Octavia to right above cista mystica, flanked by interlaced serpents with heads erect. BMC 133. Cohen 2. CRI 262. RPC 2201. Well struck, clear and toned example of fine style. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
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