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20 November 2016
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Lot 721
Starting Price: 750 CHF
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
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Julius Caesar, Denarius (Silver, 18mm, 3.87 g 10), mint moving with Caesar, 49-48 BC. CAESAR Elephant trampling serpent to right. Rev. Priestly implements: culullus, aspergillum, ax with wolf's head at the top and apex. Babelon (Julia) 9. Crawford 443/1. Sydenham 1006. Attractive and clear. Insignificant banker’s mark on obverse and some edge nicks, otherwise, good very fine.


The 'elephant' coinage of Caesar, struck beginning around the time he crossed the Rubicon in January 49, was used to pay Caesar's forces during the Civil war with Pompey. According to Crawford's calculations it was produced using at least 750 obverse dies, thus implying that at least 7-8 million denarii were minted! These coins have been popular with collectors since the Renaissance and a great number are known; however truly nice examples, as this one, are remarkably scarce.
Current Status
Online bidding closes:
20 Nov 2016 21:00:00 CET
Current Date & Time:
04 Mar 2021 12:44:44 CET
Remaining Time:
Closed
Hammer Price:
850 CHF by KarimSafi (Bids: 3)

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Lot 721
Starting Price: 750 CHF
Julius Caesar, Denarius (Silver, 18mm, 3.87 g 10), mint moving with Caesar, 49-48 BC. CAESAR Elephant trampling serpent to right. Rev. Priestly implements: culullus, aspergillum, ax with wolf's head at the top and apex. Babelon (Julia) 9. Crawford 443/1. Sydenham 1006. Attractive and clear. Insignificant banker’s mark on obverse and some edge nicks, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
Lot 722
Starting Price: 500 CHF
L. Hostilius Saserna, 48 BC. Denarius (Silver, 19mm, 3.87 g 3), Rome. Bearded male head to right, his hair straggling out behind him; cloak around neck and Gallic shield behind. Rev. L HOSTILIVS / SASERN Nude Gallic warrior, holding shield with his left hand and hurling spear with his right, standing left in a galloping biga being driven to right by a seated charioteer holding a whip. Crawford 448/2. RBW 1569. Sydenham 952. Beautifully toned. Some flatness on the obverse and with the reverse struck off center, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Lot 723
Starting Price: 100 CHF
C. Vibius C.f. C.n. Pansa Caetronianus, 48 BC. Denarius (Silver, 18mm, 3.54 g 6), Rome. PANSA Ivy-wreathed head of Liber to right. Rev. C VIBIVS C F C N Ceres walking to right, holding torch in each hand; before, plough. Babelon (Vibia) 17. Crawford 449/2. Sydenham 946. Sear Imperators 21. Nicely toned and well-struck. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 130 CHF
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