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364, Lot: 232. Estimate $200.
Sold for $550. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EASTERN EUROPE, Uncertain Tribe. AR Denarius (18mm, 4.47 g, 2h). Obverse type of M. Atilius Saranus, reverse type of C. Hosidius Geta. After 68 BC. Helmeted head of Roma right / Horned animal and offspring. Davis D/Ib (website AH3); cf. Crawford 214/1a (for obv.) and 407/1-2 (for rev.); cf. BM 184 (same rev. die, paired with a jugate head obv.). VF, toned. An unusually heavy specimen.


From the RBW Collection. Ex Phillip Davis Collection (Gemini IX, 8 January 2012), lot 704.

From the Gemini sale: “The reverse derives from the boar and hound of C. Hosidius Geta, but reinterpreted into a gentler scene of a mother animal with her calf. The BM cataloguers share this interpretation, arrived at independently. They also place their coin in a ‘anomalous’ category, ‘East European Coins of Various Derivations,’ and speculate that it was produced in Illyria.”