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Sale: Nomos 5, Lot: 214. Estimate CHF12000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 24 October 2011. 
Sold For CHF15500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

The Social War. Coinage of the Marsic Confederation. 90-88 BC. Denarius (Silver, 3.91 g 10), Bovianum, 89. Viteliu (in Oscan) Laureate head of Italia to left, wearing pendant earring and pearl necklace. Rev. Soldier, wearing helmet and robes, standing facing, his head to right, holding a reversed spear in his right hand and with his left foot on a Roman standard; to right, recumbant bull facing, head turned to left; in exergue, >. Campana 124. HN III, 407. Sydenahm 627. Rare. Very attractively toned. Extremely fine.

Ex Numismatica Ars Classica 51, 5 March 2009, 18, Numismatica Ars Classica 29, 11 May 2005, 334, Leu Numismatics 83, 6 May 2002, 603 and Münzen und Medaillen 79, 28 February 1994, 5.

An unusually fine example of this very rare coinage. After the revolt ended the Romans seem to have done their best to recall and melt down all of the coins used by the rebels.