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Triton XXIII – Session Two – Greek Coinage Part II through Roman Imperial Coinage Part I

Lot nuber 578

Anonymous. 211-208 BC. AV 60 Asses (15mm, 3.36 g, 5h). Rome mint.


Triton XXIII – Session Two – Greek Coinage Part II through Roman Imperial Coinage Part I
Lot: 578.
 Estimated: $ 5 000

Roman Republican, Gold

Sold For $ 8 500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Anonymous. 211-208 BC. AV 60 Asses (15mm, 3.36 g, 5h). Rome mint. Bearded head of Mars right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet; mark of value to left / Eagle standing right on thunderbolt, with wings spread; ROMA below. Crawford 44/2; Sydenham 226; BMCRR Rome 185-6; Kestner 285-6; Bahrfeldt 4a; Biaggi 3; RBW 160–1; Athena Fund III 200 (this coin). Lustrous. EF. Struck on a broad flan.

From the Jonathan P. Rosen Collection. Ex Roma XIV (21 September 2017), lot 437 (hammer £9500); Athena Fund (Part III, Sotheby’s New York, 9 December 1993), lot 200.

Rome's military successes in the later stages of the Second Punic War, especially the capture and sack of Syracuse, enabled her to undertake a fundamental reform of the coinage in 211 BC. This included the introduction of a series of three small gold denominations valued at 60, 40, and 20 asses. The types were identical in each case: a bearded head of Mars, god of war, on the obverse, and an eagle on thunderbolt (representing Jupiter) on reverse. The issue extended over a period of about three years and Rome seems to have been the principal mint.

The final winners of all Triton XXIII lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 14-15 January 2020. Triton XXIII – Session Two – Greek Coinage Part II through Roman Imperial Coinage Part I will be held Tuesday afternoon, 14 January 2020 beginning at 2:00 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and in person at the public auction, 22.50% for all others.