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CNG Feature Auction 118

Lot nuber 909

Q. Pompeius Rufus. 54 BC. AR Denarius (18mm, 4.00 g, 6h). Rome mint.

CNG Feature Auction 118
Lot: 909.
 Estimated: $ 1 500

Roman Republican, Coin-in-Hand Video, Silver

Sold For $ 1 400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Q. Pompeius Rufus. 54 BC. AR Denarius (18mm, 4.00 g, 6h). Rome mint. Bare head of the consul Q. Pompeius Rufus right / Bare head of Sulla right. Crawford 434/1; Sydenham 908; Pompeia 4; RBW 1544. Toned, a few shallow scratches. Good VF.

From the Trevor Hadley Collection. Ex Baldwin’s FPL (Summer 2010), no. AR012; Helios 5 (25 June 2010), lot 169; Elsen 98 (13 December 2008), lot 189; Auctiones AG 13 (23 June 1983), lot 565.

The moneyer chose to depict both his maternal grandfather, the dictator Sulla, and his paternal grandfather, Quintus Pompeius Rufus, consuls in 88 BC. Pompeius was an ardent supporter of the dictator, and their alliance was further cemented by the marriage of Pompeius’ son to Sulla eldest daughter, Cornelia Sulla. The marriage produced two children, the moneyer responsible for this denarius and Pompeia, second wife of Julius Caesar (whom Caesar famously divorced following the scandal associated with the festival of Bona Dea in 62 BC).

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 118 lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 13-14 September 2021. CNG Feature Auction 118 – Session Three – Roman Provincial Coinage Part 2 through Roman Imperial Coinage Part 1 will be held Tuesday morning, 14 September 2021 beginning at 9:00 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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