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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 174. Estimate CHF5000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF6500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Civil Wars. AD 68-69. Denarius (Silver, 3.61 g 5), uncertain Spanish mint. LIBERTAS RESTITVTA Draped bust of Libertas to right,wearing necklace of pearls. Rev. S P Q R across round shield within an oak wreath tied at the bottom and closed at the top by a globe between two stars. BMC 12. CBN 10. Martin 91. RIC 27. Rare. A splendid, beautifully centered piece struck in high relief. Some scuffs on the reverse, otherwise probably the best known example and, extremely fine.

From the Anthemion collection, USA.

Struck by Galba’s allies in Spain, this coin harks back to the hoped-for restitution of the supposed values of the Republic, if not the Republic itself.