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CNG Feature Auction 114

Lot nuber 635

Moneyer issues of Imperatorial Rome. Petillius Capitolinus. 41 BC. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.85 g, 10h). Rome mint.


CNG Feature Auction 114
Lot: 635.
 Estimated: $ 3 000

360 Photo, Roman Republican, Silver

Sold For $ 5 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Moneyer issues of Imperatorial Rome. Petillius Capitolinus. 41 BC. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.85 g, 10h). Rome mint. Bare head of bearded Jupiter right; CAPITOLINVS downward behind / Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus: richly decorated hexastyle façade with ornamented pediment and garlands hanging within three openings; PETILLIVS in exergue. Crawford 487/1; CRI 173; Sydenham 1149; Petillia 1; FFC 960 (this coin). Attractive old cabinet toning with some light iridescence. Choice EF. Struck from dies of fine style.

Ex Alba Longa (Jose Fernandez Molina) Collection; Ernst Lejeune Collection (Peus 250, 15 March 1954), lot 994.

Petillius Capitolinus was one of the last moneyers to strike an independent senatorial coinage prior to the Triumvirs seizing control of the minting process in 41 BC. The types he chose – a majestic portrait of Jupiter on the obverse, and the façade of the Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus on the reverse – are doubtless a play on his name. It is possible, though not certain, that he was the same Petillius Capitolinus who was later accused of peculation and acquitted. Horace mentions him in his Satires; a later Roman commentator embellished the tale, claiming that Capitolinus was custodian of the Capitoline temple, and was accused of stealing the golden crown from the statue of Jupiter. His acquittal was supposedly due to his close friendship with Augustus.

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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