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

Lot nuber 621

The Republicans. L. Staius Murcus. 41 BC. AR Denarius (18.5mm, 3.86 g, 9h). Mint traveling with Murcus in the Ionian Sea.


Triton XXIII – Session Two – Greek Coinage Part II through Roman Imperial Coinage Part I
Lot: 621.
 Estimated: $ 5 000

Roman Republican, Silver

Sold For $ 9 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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The Republicans. L. Staius Murcus. 41 BC. AR Denarius (18.5mm, 3.86 g, 9h). Mint traveling with Murcus in the Ionian Sea. Head of Neptune right, trident over shoulder to left / Soldier (Murcus?) standing left, holding sword and with right hand raising female figure (Roma?) on left, who kneels right; trophy in background between them; [M]VRCVS IMP in exergue. Crawford 510/1; CRI 337; Sydenham 1315; Statia 1; BMCRR East 86; Kestner 3793-5; RBW 1782. Toned with traces of find patina. Good VF. Extremely rare.

Originally serving with Caesar – as legate from 48 to 46 BC, and then as praetor in 45 BC – L. Staius (Statius) Murcus was appointed by the Senate as proconsul in Syria following Caesar’s assassination. Following the arrival of Cassius in Syria in 43 BC, Murcus transferred control of his legions over to the tyrannicide, who, in turn, gave Murcus command of a fleet. Murcus immediately demonstrated his tactical abilities and soon joined forces with Cn. Domitius Ahenobarbus to gain joint control of the eastern Mediterranean. Following Philippi, Murcus (along with Ahenobarbus) picked up many of the survivors. He then began raiding along the Ionian Sea. In 41 BC, Murcus defected to Sextus Pompey. Soon, however, the two began to quarrel and Murcus was executed in 40/39 BC on a charge of conspiracy.

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.