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CNG Feature Auction 114

Lot nuber 569

Q. Antonius Balbus. 83-82 BC. AR Serrate Denarius (19mm, 3.71 g, 3hh). Rome mint.


CNG Feature Auction 114
Lot: 569.
 Estimated: $ 300

Roman Republican, Silver

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

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Q. Antonius Balbus. 83-82 BC. AR Serrate Denarius (19mm, 3.71 g, 3hh). Rome mint. Laureate head of Jupiter right / Victory driving quadriga right, holding reins, palm frond, and wreath; F below horses. Crawford 364/1d; Sydenham 742b; Antonia 1. Lightly toned, slight porosity on obverse. Near EF. Nicely centered with a sharp strike. Quite nice in hand.

Q. Antonius Balbus was a member of the Marian party, and in 82 BC was appointed praetor of Sardinia. Before he left for his territory, the Senate ordered him to mint this issue to pay the army preparing to resist Sulla’s return. The reverse reflects expectation of Balbus for victory and consequent peace. Sulla was victorius, however; L. Philippus, a partisan of Sulla, removed Balbus from his position and had him slain.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 114 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 13-14 May 2020. This lot is in Session 2, which begins 13 May 2020 at 2 PM ET.

UPDATE: As the CNG staff and many of our clients remain under social distancing and other restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CNG 114 will be held as an internet only auction. The sale will take place as scheduled on 13-14 May 2020.

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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