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Sale: CNG 70, Lot: 714. Estimate $1000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 21 September 2005. 
Sold For $1300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Cn. Domitius L.f. Ahenobarbus. 41 BC. AR Denarius (4.01 g, 1h). Uncertain eastern mint. Bare head right / Trophy on prow of galley right. Crawford 519/2; CRI 339; Sydenham 1177; Domitia 21. Good VF, attractively toned, flat spot on head. ($1000)

From the Tony Hardy Collection.

Gnaeus Ahenobarbus and his father Lucius Ahenobarbus were supporters of the Pompeian faction, and after the Pompeian defeat at Pharsalus and the death of Lucius in 48 BC Gnaeus allied himself with Brutus and the Tyrannicides. This denarius marks the destruction of the fleet of Cn. Domitius Calvinus in 42 BC and the proclamation of Ahenobarbus as imperator.