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Sale: Nomos 2, Lot: 153. Estimate CHF1000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 17 May 2010. 
Sold For CHF1000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

C. Memmius C.f. 56 BC. Denarius (Silver, 3.80 g 11). C.MEMMI.C.F Head of Ceres to right, wearing wreath of grain ears and earring. Rev. C.MEMMIVS / IMPERATOR Trophy of arms with, at its base, captive kneeling to right, his hands tied behind his back. Babelon (Memmia) 10. Crawford 427/1. Sydenham 920. An attractive, well-centered coin struck on a broad flan. Some areas flatly struck, otherwise, extremely fine.

The reverse relates to the money’s uncle, C. Memmius L.f., who was the commander of the Roman forces who were victorious in Bithynia in the early 50s BC, He was given the title imperator for them in BC 57 and this coin was struck shortly thereafter to commemorate that event.