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CNG 109, Lot: 749. Estimate $4000.
Sold for $4750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ROMAN REPUBLICAN, Counterfeiters’ Dies. temp. Mark Antony. Autumn 32-spring 31 BC. Brass die for AR Denarius. Legionary issue. Dimensions: overall length, 15mm; diameter, 18mm at face, expanding to approximately 22mm at base. Of cylindrical form with central tang. Weight: 22.08 grams. Brass face of cast impression of reverse of legionary denarius of Mark Antony (cf. Crawford 544/9). Cf. Crawford pp. 560-562; cf. N. Lupu, “Aspekte des Münzumlaufs im vorrömischen Dakien,” JNG XVII (1967), pl. 6; cf. C.C. Vermeule, “Some notes on ancient dies and coining methods,” NumCirc LXI.10 (November 1953), Die Representation No. 2; cf. W. Malkmus, “Addenda to Vermeule’s catalog of ancient coin dies: Part 1,” SAN XVII.4 (September 1989), p. 82. Good VF, corrosion and deposits on the reverse. Well preserved die face. Extremely rare.

Ex Randy Haviland Collection (Gemini X, 13 January 2013), lot 467.