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452, Lot: 668. Estimate $100.
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Anonymous. 211-210 BC. Æ Semuncia (15mm, 2.43 g, 12h). Corn-ear (third) series. Mint in Sicily. Head of Mercury right, wearing winged petasos / Prow of galley right; grain ear and ROMA above. Crawford 72/10; Sydenham –; RBW –. Dark green to black patina with traces of red. VF. Very rare.

From the Andrew McCabe Collection. Ex Numismatica Ars Classica Autumn 95 Sale (26 October 1995), lot 455.

Reference my discussion on the small module RRC 56/8 semuncia in CNG 112 (September 2019, lot 478), this tiny and rare bronze does not seem to be associated with the general mass of RRC 42/72 corn-ear types. Corn-ear semunciae of larger module and different style are very much more common and are found frequently in Sicilian Second Punic War excavations such as in Morgantina. This small module coin seems to be a very briefly produced anomaly. [Andrew McCabe]