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Triton XXIV

Lot nuber 43

Moneyer issues of Imperatorial Rome. C. Numonius Vaala. 43 BC. AR Denarius (19mm, 4.05 g, 9h). Rome mint.

Triton XXIV
Lot: 43.
 Estimated: $ 750

Merani Collection – Roman Republican, Coin-in-Hand Video, Silver

Sold For $ 1 300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Moneyer issues of Imperatorial Rome. C. Numonius Vaala. 43 BC. AR Denarius (19mm, 4.05 g, 9h). Rome mint. Bare head of Numonius Vaala right; C • NVMONIVS downward to right, VAALA upward to left / Soldier advancing left, holding spear and shield, attacking a vallum defended by two soldiers; VAALA in exergue. Crawford 514/2; CRI 322; Sydenham 1087; Numonia 2; BMCRR Rome 4216; RBW 1792. Toned with some iridescence, bankers’ marks on both sides. Good Fine. Rare.

From the Peter J. Merani Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 49 (17 March 1999), lot 1273.

As with many of the moneyers’ types of the late first century BC, C. Numonius Vaala’s reverse type refers to an historic event in his family's past. We cannot know to which specific ancestor the moneyer is referring, but the scene depicts military action that brought a specific honor to the soldier involved. During the siege of a city or an enemy camp, the first soldier to breach the walls was awarded the corona vallaris, or “wall crown”. The cognomen Vaala became a hereditary title among the Numonii, to be displayed proudly by the first member of the family to achieve the office of moneyer.

The final winners of all Triton XXIV lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 19-20 January 2021. This lot is in Session One, which begins 19 January 2021 at 9 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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