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21 February 2021
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Lot 436
Starting Price: 75 CHF
Hammer Price: 110 CHF
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Lucius Caesius, 112-111 BC. Denarius (Silver, 20.5 mm, 3.78 g, 1 h), Rome. Bust of Apollo seen from behind to left, wearing a taenia and with a cloak over his left shoulder, hurling a thunderbolt with his right hand; to right, monogram of AP. Rev. L · CÆSI The Lares Praestites seated facing, turned slightly to right, each on a stool and each holding a long staff; between them, dog standing right; to left and right, monograms of LA and PRE; above, between them, bust of Vulcan to left, wearing his cap and with tongs behind him to right. Babelon (Caesia) 1. Crawford 298/1. Sydenham 564. Slight roughness on reverse, otherwise, nearly very fine.

From the Trausnitz Collection, ex Jacquier FPL 17, Autumn 1995, 246.

There has been a great deal of debate about who appears on the obverse of this coin: it has been thought of as Veiovis, but if Crawford is right as reading the monogram as AP, it can only be Apollo assimilated with Jupiter. (Interesting idea but why on earth should Apollo be assimilated with Jupiter? Does one think he just happened to want to throw around a thunderbolt? And why does he also wear a taenia and not a laurel wreath? Just because the identification of this bust as Veiovis is an old one - in the BM with the monogram standing for ROMA; Babelon calls him Apollo Veiovis; Crawford calls him Apollo but his explanation of the monogram as standing for Apollo is extremely unconvincing - why not keep it?). As for the Lares Praestites, they were spirits who initially protected the city of Rome, and then assumed a protective function over the state as well. Vulcan probably appears here in his function as the patron of the metal workers who produced this coin.
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Online bidding closes:
21 Feb 2021 18:38:00 CET
Current Date & Time:
28 Sep 2021 16:29:41 CEST
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Hammer Price:
110 CHF by MailBidder4456 (Bids: 5)

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Lot 436
Starting Price: 75 CHF
Lucius Caesius, 112-111 BC. Denarius (Silver, 20.5 mm, 3.78 g, 1 h), Rome. Bust of Apollo seen from behind to left, wearing a taenia and with a cloak over his left shoulder, hurling a thunderbolt with his right hand; to right, monogram of AP. Rev. L · CÆSI The Lares Praestites seated facing, turned slightly to right, each on a stool and each holding a long staff; between them, dog standing right; to left and right, monograms of LA and PRE; above, between them, bust of Vulcan to left, wearing his cap and with tongs behind him to right. Babelon (Caesia) 1. Crawford 298/1. Sydenham 564. Slight roughness on reverse, otherwise, nearly very fine.
Hammer Price: 110 CHF
Lot 437
Starting Price: 75 CHF
L. Memmius, 109-108 BC. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.92 g, 5 h), Rome. Male head to right, wearing oak wreath; below chin, denomination mark. Rev. L · MEMMI The Dioscuri standing facing, each holding spear in right hand and bridle of his horse in left; star above each of their heads. Babelon (Memmia) 1. Crawford 304/1. Sydenham 558. Toned. Scratches on obverse, die-rust on reverse, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 140 CHF
Lot 438
Starting Price: 75 CHF
L. Valerius Flaccus, 108-107 BC. Denarius (Silver, 20 mm, 3.45 g, 1 h), Rome. Draped bust of Victory to right; below chin, denomination mark. Rev. L · VALERI / FLACCI Mars walking left, holding spear in his right hand and trophy over his left shoulder; before, apex; behind, grain-ear. Babelon (Valeria) 11. Crawford 306/1. Sydenham 565. Light toning. Banker's mark on obverse, striking weakness on the high points, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 95 CHF
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