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432, Lot: 223. Estimate $100.
Sold for $320. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Q. Lutatius Catulus or Cerco. 206-200 BC. AR Denarius (20mm, 3.90 g, 9h). Uncertain Spanish(?) mint. Helmeted head of Roma right; X (mark of value) to left / The Dioscuri, each holding spear, on horseback right; two stars above, QL C below horses. Crawford 125/1; Sydenham 274; Lutatia 1; Type as RBW 576. Near VF, find patina. Rare.

From the Andrew McCabe Collection. Ex Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. BBS 132 (14 May 2003), lot 220.

In my article in Essays Witschonke, “A Hoard of Cut Roman Denarii from the Second Punic War” – available on – I demonstrated that the Q.L.C. series along with the VAR and female head series predate RRC 112-124, and in fact, must date from the later stages of the Second Punic War. Given their presence in a Punic war hoard group that's evidently of Spanish origin and their general absence from other Punic war hoards, the VAR, Q.L.C. and female head issues may have been struck in Spain in the 208-205 BC period. [Andrew McCabe]