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Triton XX, Lot: 502. Estimate $500.
Sold for $1200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Sex. Pompeius Fostlus. 137 BC. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.91 g, 1h). Rome mint. Head of Roma right, wearing winged helmet, ornamented with griffin’s head, visor in three pieces and peaked, single drop earring, and pearl necklace, hair falling in three locks; oinochoe to left / She-wolf standing right, head left, suckling twins (Romulus and Remus); behind, bird on fig tree; to left, shepherd standing right; SEX • PO upward to right, [FOSTLVS downward to left]; ROMA in exergue . Crawford 235/1c var. (mark of value below Roma’s chin); Sydenham 461a var. (same); Pompeia 1a var. (same); Kestner 2136 var. (same); BMCRR Rome 927 var. (same); RBW 972 var. (same); Bertolami Fine Arts - ACR Auctions 16, lot 358 (same obv. die). EF, lightly toned. Extremely rare variety without mark of value below chin.

From the Dr. Patrick H. C. Tan Collection.