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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 166. Estimate CHF750. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF2200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

C. Coelius Caldus. 53 BC. Denarius (Silver, 3.95 g 5). C COEL CALDVS / COS Head of C. Coelius Caldus (Cos 94 BC); behind, tablet inscribed L.D. Rev. CALDVS.III VIR Radiate head of Sol to right; behind, S and oval shield with thunderbolt; before, round Macedonian shield. Crawford 437/1a. Sydenham 892. Nicely toned and with a fine portrait. Extremely fine.

From the Paul collection, ex Monnaies et Médailles XXVIII, 19 June 1964, 222.

The portrait on the obverse of this coin is of the consul of 94 BC; the tablet concerns the law of 107, which he passed while a tribune, requiring written votes in trials concerning high treason, rather solely by acclamation. The shields on the reverse refer to victories, which might have been very minor, in Gaul and Macedon. The coin was struck by a moneyer of the same name who was quaestor in 50 BC