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CNG Feature Auction 114

Lot nuber 629

Moneyer issues of Imperatorial Rome. L. Papius Celsus. 45 BC. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.89 g, 3h). Rome mint.


CNG Feature Auction 114
Lot: 629.
 Estimated: $ 500

Roman Republican, Silver

Sold For $ 3 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Moneyer issues of Imperatorial Rome. L. Papius Celsus. 45 BC. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.89 g, 3h). Rome mint. Head of Juno Sospita right, wearing goat skin headdress tied at neck / She-wolf standing right, placing stick on fire; on right, eagle standing left, fanning the flames. Crawford 472/1; CRI 82; Sydenham 964; Papia 2; RBW 1647. Deeply toned, some light marks beneath toning. Near EF.

From the collection of Professor David R. Beatty, C.M., O.B.E. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 76 (12 September 2007), lot 1273; Triton IV (5 December 2000), lot 412.

The curious scene depicted on the reverse of this type refers to a foundation myth for the city of Lanuvium, parent city of Rome. According to a legend related by Dionysius of Halicaranassus in Roman Antiquities, the hero Aeneas saw a fire burning in a nearby forest and went to investigate. As he drew closer, he saw the fire was being fed by a she-wolf, who was dropping sticks into the blaze, while an eagle standing nearby fanned it with his wings. A fox kept intruding, trying to snuff out the fire by wetting his tail in a nearby stream and beating the flames down with it, but was driven off by the eagle and wolf. The fox was interpreted as Carthage, trying to snuff out Rome before its flame could burn brightly, while the eagle and she-wolf are symbols of the Roman army and people respectively.

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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