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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 1825. Estimate $1000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $1000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CN. POMPEY MAGNUS (Pompey the Great). 49-48 BC. AR Denarius (3.91 gm). Struck in Greece. [CN PISO] PRO Q, head of Numa Pompilius right; NVMA on diadem / MAGN above, PRO COS below, prow right. Crawford 446/1; Sear, CRI 7; Sydenham 1032; BMCRR (Spain) 62; RSC 4. EF. ($1000)

This coin was struck by Cn. Calpurnius Piso, who served as proquaestor to the Pompeian party in Spain during the war between Caesar and Pompey. The head of Numa Pompilius records the claim of the Calpurnia gens to be descended from Calpus, the son of Numa, while the prow on the reverse refers to the naval victories of Pompey over the pirates in 67 BC.