Roman Republic, Anonymous (Elephant Head), 128 B.C.
The elephant head recalls the victory of L. Caecilius Metellus over Hasdrubal at Panormus in 250 B.C. and the capture of Hasdrubal's elephants. The moneyer is perhaps L. Caecilius Metellus Diadematus, Consul 117 B.C., or L. Caecilius Metellus Delmaticus, Consul 119 B.C. RR84586. Bronze semis, Crawford 262/2, Sydenham 497, BMCRR Rome 1048, SRCV I 880, VF, nice dark green patina with buff earthen highlighting, tight partially ragged flan, weight 7.242 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, 128 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Saturn right, S (mark of value) behind; reverse galley prow right, elephant head wearing bell facing right above, S (mark of value) right, ROMA below; ex CNG (part of bulk lot), ex RBW Collection; rare;
$105.00 SALE PRICE $95.00 Geto-Dacian, Roman Republic Imitative, 106 B.C. - 1st Century A.D.
CE76909. Silver denarius, cf. Davis A/II M14 (possibly same prototype but not very similar), cf. possible prototype: Crawford 313/1 (Rome mint, L. Memmius Galeria, 106 B.C.), F, scratches, uneven strike with some areas unstruck, weight 3.596 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 45o, obverse stylized head of Saturn(?) right; reverse biga right, MEΛΛIVS (or similar) in exergue;
$100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00 Roman Republic, C. Minucius Augurinus, c. 135 B.C.
In 135 B.C., the First Servile War began. After the Second Punic war, an over-abundance of slaves caused them to be ill-fed by their masters, and they soon began to provide for themselves by robbery. Several decades of increasing tension finally broke out into war. The rebel leader was Eunus, a slave whose master had hired him out as a magician for parties. Eunus would humorously tell his audiences that he was a prophet, that someday he would be king, the classes would be reversed, and aristocrats would killed or enslaved - except for those that tipped him for the show. During the revolt he did spare the lives of at least some aristocrats who had tipped him. The war lasted until 132 B.C. Eunus was captured, but he died before he could be punished. This was the first of three slave revolts against the Roman Republic; the last and the most famous was led by Spartacus.RR66996. Bronze semis, SRCV I 869, Sydenham 464, Crawford 242/2, BMCRR 955, aF, rough, weight 8.377 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, c. 135 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Saturn right, S (mark of value) behind; reverse prow of galley right, C∑AVG above, S (mark of value) on right, ROMA below;
$70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00 Roman Republic, TP or PT Monogram (Caius Petronius?), 169 - 158 B.C.
Babelon attributed the monogram as a mintmark for Paestum. BMCRR notes the style and fabric are of Rome and speculates the moneyer may be Caius Petronius.
RR69330. Bronze semis, Crawford 177/2, Sydenham 353a (R4), SRCV I 843, F, weight 16.187 g, maximum diameter 25.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 169 - 158 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Saturn right, L below, S behind; reverse galley prow right, TP or PT monogram above, S right, ROMA below; from the Andrew McCabe Collection; scarce;
$60.00 SALE PRICE $54.00
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