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20 November 2016
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Lot 722
Starting Price: 500 CHF
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
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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.


The head on this famous coin has long been identified as that of Vercingetorix, the defeated Gallic leader who graced Caesar’s triumph in Rome. This can not be proven but the head does have remarkably individualistic and natural features, and it must surely represent an actual Gaulish captive seen by the die engraver.
Current Status
Online bidding closes:
20 Nov 2016 21:00:30 CET
Current Date & Time:
06 Mar 2021 19:11:21 CET
Remaining Time:
Closed
Hammer Price:
1100 CHF by Drgus1 (Bids: 8)

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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
Lot 724
Starting Price: 400 CHF
L. Plautius Plancus, 47 BC. Denarius (Silver, 20mm, 3.71 g 6), Rome. L PLAVTIVS Head of Medusa, facing, with coiled snake on either side. Rev. PLANCVS Victory (or winged Aurora) flying right, head slightly left, holding reins and conducting four rearing horses of the sun. Babelon (Plautia) 15. Crawford 453/1a. Sydenham 959. Beautifully toned. Reverse struck from a slightly worn die, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
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