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525595. SOLD $6250

Q. Pompeius Rufus. 54 BC. AR Denarius (17mm, 4.02 g, 6h). Rome mint. Bare head of the consul Q. Pompeius Rufus right; Q • POM • RVFI downward to right, RVFVS • CO[S] downward to left / Bare head of Sulla right; SVLLA • COS downward to right. Crawford 434/1; Sydenham 908; Pompeia 4; RBW 1544; FFC 1024 (this coin). Light iridescent toning, tiny edge test. EF.

Ex Alba Longa (Jose Fernandez Molina) Collection.

The moneyer chose to depict both his maternal grandfather, the dictator Sulla, and his paternal grandfather, Quintus Pompeius Rufus, consuls in 88 BC. Pompeius was an ardent supporter of the dictator, and their alliance was further cemented by the marriage of Pompeius’ son to Sulla eldest daughter, Cornelia Sulla. The marriage produced two children, the moneyer responsible for this denarius and Pompeia, second wife of Julius Caesar (whom Caesar famously divorced following the scandal associated with the festival of Bona Dea in 62 BC).