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Research Coins: Feature Auction

 
73000794
Sale: CNG 73, Lot: 794. Estimate $300. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 13 September 2006. 
Sold For $280. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

L. Roscius Fabatus. 59 BC. AR Serrate Denarius (3.87 g, 6h). Rome mint. Head of Juno Sospita right; to left, pygmy advancing right, holding shield / Female right facing serpent; to left, crane standing right. Crawford 412/1 (symbols 69); Sydenham 915; Roscia 3. Good VF. Very rare symbols.



The control marks here indicate that the moneyer intended a relationship between the obverse and reverse controls. The pygmy and crane clearly refer to the mythical battle between the Pygmies and the Cranes (Homer, Iliad 3.3).