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Roman Republic, 99 - 50 B.C.

Roman Republic, C. Annius T.f. T.n. Luscus and L. Fabius L.f. Hispaniensis, 82 - 81 B.C.

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This issue was minted by special decree of the Senate to support the proconsul Annius, sent by Sulla to campaign against Sertorius in Spain. Crawford attributes the early part of this issue, which bears the name of the quaestor L. Fabius L.f. Hispaniensis, to Northern Italy and the latter part, which bears the name of the quaestor, C. Tarquitius P.f., to Spain. The deity depicted on the obverse is uncertain, but may be Anna Perenna, a sister of Dido, worshipped in Italy. The Annia gens may have claimed descent from her. -- Roman Republican Coinage by Michael H. Crawford
SH74528. Silver denarius, Crawford 366/2b, Sydenham 748d, RSC I Annia 3a, SRCV I 290, Choice gVF, very attractive coin, superb style, nicely toned, weight 3.819 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 15o, Northern Italian or Spanish mint, 82 - 81 B.C.; obverse CANNITFTNPROCOSEXSC, diademed and draped bust of Anna Perenna(?) right, bead and reel border; reverse Victory driving a quadriga right, palm frond in right, reins in left, Q above, E below, LFABILFHISP in exergue; $500.00 (435.00)

Roman Republic, A. Postumius A.f. Sp. n. Albinus, c. 81 B.C.

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Refers to the praetorship of L. Postumius Albinus over Spain and his successful expeditions against the Vaccaei and Lusitani, and the levying of troops for this campaign.
RR74532. Silver denarius serratus, SRCV I 297, Sydenham 746, Crawford 372/2, RSC I Postumia 8, Nice VF, attractive style and toning, weight 3.757 g, maximum diameter 19.42 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 81 B.C.; obverse HISPAN behind veiled head of Hispania right with disheveled hair; reverse togate figure standing left extending hand toward legionary eagle before him, fasces and axe behind, A / ALBIN / NS vertical downward in fields from left to right, POST AF in exergue; $200.00 (174.00)

Roman Republic, M. Porcius Cato, 89 B.C.

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The seated figure on the reverse is presumably Victoria Virgo, whose shrine was built by Cato Censorious. This type was copied by Cato Uticensis in 47 - 46 B.C. -- Roman Republican Coinage by Michael H. Crawford
RR74536. Silver denarius, SRCV I 247, Sydenham 596a, Crawford 343/1b, RSC I Porcia 5, Nice VF, attractive style and toning, weight 3.903 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 270o, Rome mint, 89 B.C.; obverse diademed female bust right, ROMA (MA ligate) behind, MCATO (AT ligate) below; reverse Victory seated right holding patera, VICTRIX (TR ligate) in exergue; $350.00 (304.50)

Roman Republic, Ti. Claudius Ti. f. Ap.n. Nero, 79 B.C.

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The S C on the obverse stands for Senatus Consulto. This issue was authorized by Senate decree, most likely to pay for the extensive military operations during the dictator ship of Sulla. The obverse refers to the Sabine origin of the Claudius Gens. The control numbers run all the way to CLXX.
RR74538. Silver denarius serratus, SRCV I 310, Crawford 383/1, Sydenham 770a, RSC I Claudia 6, gVF, toned, light marks, closed flan crack, weight 4.027 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 270o, Rome mint, 79 B.C.; obverse diademed and draped bust of Diana, bow and quiver over shoulder, SC before; reverse Victory in a biga right, raising wreath in right, palm and reins in left, AXXX (control number) below, TICLAVDTIF / AP N (VD and AP in monogram) in ex; $170.00 (147.90)

Roman Republic, L. Rubrius Dossenus, 87 B.C.

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One of three types issued by the moneyer, each type depicts one of the three chief deities of the capital, Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. The empty triumphal chariot on the reverse probably reflects hope for triumph in the fight against Marius and his followers. -- Roman Republican Coinage by Michael H. Crawford
RR74518. Silver denarius, SRCV I 258, Sydenham 705, Crawford 348/1, RSC I Rubria 1, VF, nice toning, weight 3.959 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 87 B.C.; obverse head of Jupiter right, scepter over shoulder, DOSSEN behind and below; reverse triumphal quadriga right, thunderbolt on side-panel, small Victory on top holding wreath, LRVBRI in exergue; $250.00 (217.50)

Roman Republic, L. Aemilius Lepidus Paullus, 62 B.C.

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At the end of the Third Macedonian War (171 - 168 B.C.), King Perseus of Macedonia was decisively defeated by Rome at the Battle of Pydna. He surrendered to general Lucius Aemilius Paullus and was imprisoned in Rome with his half-brother Philippus and his son Alexander. The Antigonid kingdom was replaced with four republics, which were later dissolved and became the Roman province of Macedonia.
SH74531. Silver denarius, SRCV I 366, RSC I Aemilia 10, Crawford 415/1, Nice gVF, attractive coin, nice toning, some minor scratches and marks, small edge test cut, weight 3.901 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 150o, Rome mint, 62 B.C.; obverse PAVLLVS LEPIDVS CONCORDIA, veiled and diademed head of Concordia right; reverse TER PAVLLVS, Paullus on right, standing left, togate, touching trophy in center; on the left, three standing bound captives: King Perseus of Macedonia, his half-brother, and his son; $300.00 (261.00)

Roman Republic, C. Norbanus, 83 B.C.

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In 83 B.C., Sulla returned from Greece and defeated the popular forces led by the consul Norbanus (probably the father of this moneyer). The reverse type alludes to the elder Norbanus' activity during the Social War, when he raised troops, organized a fleet, and provisioned the town of Rhegium.
RR74515. Silver denarius, RSC I Norbana 2, Sydenham 739, Crawford 357/1b, BMCRR I Rome 2810, SRCV I 278, VF, toned, uneven strike, weight 4.015 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 83 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Venus right, wearing single drop earring and pearl necklace, CXXIIII (124, control number) behind, CNORBANVS below; reverse fasces between grain ear on left and caduceus on right; $200.00 (174.00)

Roman Republic, L. Furius Cn.f. Brocchus, 63 B.C.

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The curule chair was for senior magistrates including dictators, masters of the horse, consuls, praetors, censors, and the curule aediles. As a form of throne, it might be given as an honor to foreign kings recognized formally as friend (amicus) by the Roman people or senate. Designed for use by commanders in the field, the curule chair could be folded for easy transport. It had no back, low arms, curved legs forming an X, and was traditionally made of or veneered with ivory.
RR74516. Silver denarius, SRCV I 365, Crawford 414/1, Sydenham 902a, RSC I Furia 23a, VF, nice style, toned, weight 3.882 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 63 B.C.; obverse III - VIR / BROCCI, head of Ceres right, wearing wreath of grain, lock of hair falls down neck, between wheat-ear and barleycorn; reverse LFVRI / CN F, curule chair between two fasces with axes; $150.00 (130.50)

Roman Republic, Mn. Aquillius Mn. f. Mn. n., c. 71 B.C.

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Man. Aquillius (the moneyer's grandfather) was consul in 101 B.C. and sent as proconsul to end the second slave war in Sicily. He succeeded the next year and this coin type commemorates his valor (Virtus). Perhaps it is not just the moneyers ancestry that inspired this type; it was struck at the time of the famous slave war led by Spartacus. We can only speculate - was it minted before the defeat of Spartacus, when Rome was trembling, to inspire the valor required for victory; or was it minted after victory, to commemorate valor in both wars. It is also the first time the III VIR triumviral title appears on coinage.
RR74463. Silver denarius serratus, SRCV I 336, Sydenham 798, Crawford 401/1, RSC I Aquillia 2, VF/F, grainy, scratches, weight 3.825 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 71 B.C.; obverse helmeted and draped bust of Virtus right, III VIR (tresvir) behind, VIRTVS before; reverse Mn. Aquillius, consul 101 B.C., standing facing in military dress, head right, with right hand raising kneeling and slumped Sicilia, shield in left hand, MN AQVIL on right, MN F MN N on left, SICIL in exergue; $200.00 (174.00)

Roman Republic, L. Roscius Fabatus, 64 B.C.

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The reverse depicts the scene that occurred early at Lanuvium at the festival in honor of Juno Sospita, when a virgin descended into the grotto under the temple with food for the serpent who dwelt there. If the girl was chaste, she returned safely to her home, where there was much rejoicing.
RS74399. Silver denarius serratus, SRCV I 363, RSC I Roscia 3, Crawford 412/1, Sydenham 915, VF, well centered, some die wear, a little rough, weight 3.426 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 195o, Rome mint, 64 B.C.; obverse head of Juno Sospita clad in goat skin, L ROSCI below, uncertain symbol behind; reverse maiden feeding erect snake before her, uncertain symbol behind, FABATI in exergue; $170.00 (147.90)


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Roman Republic Coins of 99-50 B.C.