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432, Lot: 238. Estimate $200.
Sold for $1200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Cn. Domitius Ahenobarbus. 128 BC. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.98 g, 6h). Rome mint. Helmeted head of Roma right; stalk of grain to left, mark of value below chin / Victory driving galloping biga right, holding reins and whip; below horses, man attacking lion with spear; CN • DOM in exergue. Crawford 261/1; Sydenham 514; Domitia 14; Type as RBW 1056. Good VF, toned, some find patina in the devices.

From the Andrew McCabe Collection. Ex Student and His Mentor Collection (Part III, Numismatica Ars Classica 83, 20 May 2015), lot 294; Dr. E.P. Nicolas Collection (Leu 17, 3 May 1977), lot 161.

An important provenance: The collection of Dr. E.P. Nicolas was not noted as such when sold by Leu in May 1977, though its ownership was widely known at the time, and confirmed in John Spring's book on ancient coin auction catalogues. The Roman Imperial coins of Dr. Nicolas were sold by Kampmann in Paris in 1982. This latter sale includes a biography of the numismatist (1904-1981). The Imperial sale – not in fact listed by Spring – also included Roman Republican bronzes and the Caesar DIVI F types of Octavian. [Andrew McCabe]