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432, Lot: 265. Estimate $200.
Sold for $4250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Moneyer issues of Imperatorial Rome. Mn. Cordius Rufus. 46 BC. AR Denarius (23mm, 3.55 g, 9h). Rome mint. Diademed head of Venus right / Cupid riding dolphin right. Crawford 463/3; CRI 65; Sydenham 977; Cordia 3; Type as RBW 1608. Good VF, toned. Fascinating rotated double strike.

From the Andrew McCabe Collection. Ex RBW Collection Duplicate, purchased by him from Gorny – Giessener Münzhandlung retail (8 December 1989) .

The most extensive double strike coin I've ever seen, this Cordia denarius has two complete obverses and two complete reverses, back to back on the same sides, on a massive flan. The Cordia, Considia, and Carisia types are often mis-struck; this is merely an extreme. [Andrew McCabe]