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CNG Feature Auction 114

Lot nuber 599

Q. Pomponius Musa. 56 BC. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.52 g, 12h). Rome mint.

CNG Feature Auction 114
Lot: 599.
 Estimated: $ 500

Roman Republican, Silver

Sold For $ 2 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Q. Pomponius Musa. 56 BC. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.52 g, 12h). Rome mint. Laureate head of Apollo right; handle of plectrum to left / Erato, the Muse of Erotic Poetry, standing right, holding plectrum at side with right hand and lyre with left. Crawford 410/7d corr. (obv. symbol and rev. type); Sydenham 820a corr. (same); Pomponia 17a corr. (same); RBW –; see P. Davis, “Erato or Terpsichore: A Reassessment” in FIDES, for the identification of the muse as Erato. Toned with some iridescence, some porosity, a few marks and scratches under toning, lamination on obverse. VF.

From the Jonathan P. Rosen Collection. Ex John A. Seeger Collection (Classical Numismatic Group 76, 12 September 2007), lot 3213.

This type is called “Terpsichore” by Crawford and most other authors, but Phil Davis has recently identified this coin type as Erato. A complete discussion of this subject can be found in the article Phil wrote for the festschrift created for the late Rick Witschonke (FIDES, pp. 393-401). Phil’s logic is very sound and will make completing a set of Muses much easier as the previously rare, known from a single die, Erato is now shown to be a die variety. (Davis identifies the obverse turtle symbol as being for Terpsichore.)

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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