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Triton XXI, Lot: 694. Estimate $3000.
Sold for $1800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Augustus. 27 BC-AD 14. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.85 g, 8h). Rome mint; C. Marius C.f. Tro(mentina tribu), moneyer. Struck 13 BC. AVGVSTVS, bare head Augustus right; lituus to left / C • MARIVS • TR[O] III • VIR, bust of Diana (Julia) right, wearing diadem with jewel on forehead, hair knotted at back; quiver seen behind neck. RIC I 403; RSC 1 (Julia and Augustus); BMCRE 104-5 = BMCRR Rome 4651-2; BN 522-5. VF, toned, light porosity, banker’s mark on each side. Very rare.

According to David Vagi (Coinage and History of the Roman Empire, I:106), “[t]he historical context for the bust of Diana representing Julia is so strong that any doubts must be ascribed to overly cautious scholarship.”