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4320266
432, Lot: 266. Estimate $300.
Sold for $850. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

The Caesarians. Julius Caesar. Late 46-early 45 BC. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.92 g, 12h). Military mint traveling with Caesar in Spain. Diademed head of Venus right, with Cupid over her shoulder / Trophy of Gallic arms, composed of helmet and cuirass, oval shield and carnyx in each hand; two seated captives at base, the one on left a female in attitude of dejection, the one on right a bearded male with hands bound behind him. Crawford 468/1; CRI 58; Sydenham 1014; RSC 13; Type as RBW 1639. Good VF, toned with some iridescence.


From the Andrew McCabe Collection. Ex Pierre Egbers Collection (Creusy, 26 November 2014), lot 444.

The head left RRC 468 type always comes with an artistically engraved obverse head; the head right type usually does not. This coin is a rare exception in that it appears to share a die engraver with RRC 468/2, and thus its obverse portrait is very much a finer style than usual. It comes from the collection of Pierre Egbers, whose collection was disbursed in 2014; many other coins in that collection have provenances dating from 1930s to 1950s. [Andrew McCabe]