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Triton XXIV

Lot nuber 942

L. Sulla and L. Manlius Torquatus. 82 BC. AR Denarius (17.5mm, 3.99 g, 1h). Military mint moving with Sulla.

Triton XXIV
Lot: 942.
 Estimated: $ 750

Roman Republican, Coin-in-Hand Video, Silver

Sold For $ 2 500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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L. Sulla and L. Manlius Torquatus. 82 BC. AR Denarius (17.5mm, 3.99 g, 1h). Military mint moving with Sulla. Helmeted head of Roma right, wearing single drop earring and pendant necklace; PRO Q to left, L • MANLI to right / Sulla driving triumphal quadriga right, holding branch and reins, being crowned by Victory flying left; L • SVLLA • IM[P] in exergue. Crawford 367/5; Sydenham 757a; Manlia 5; BMCRR East 7 & 11; RBW 1386. Attractively toned with some iridescence. Near EF. Struck on a broad flan.

From the Lampasas Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 106 (13 September 2017), lot 650.

As consul for the year 88 BC, Sulla was awarded the coveted assignment of suppressing the revolt of Mithradates VI of Pontus, but political maneuvers resulted in this assignment being transferred to Marius. In response, Sulla turned his army on Rome, captured it, and reclaimed his command against Mithradates. His prosecution of the first Mithradatic War was successful, but he spared the Pontic king for personal gain. In 83 BC, Sulla returned to Italy as an outlaw, but was able to win the support of many of the leading Romans. Within a year he fought his way to Rome, where he was elected dictator. It was during this campaign to Rome that this denarius was struck. The obverse type represents Sulla's claim to be acting in Rome's best interest. The reverse shows Sulla enjoying the highest honor to which a Roman could aspire–the celebration of a triumph at Rome.

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 Three, which begins 20 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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