Numismatica Ars Classica, Zurich   |   Auction 94   |   6 October 2016
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Lot 8





Estimate: 12'500 CHF   |   Starting price: 10'000 CHF Price realized: 21'000 CHF
The Roman Republic
Imperatorial Issues
Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius Scipio and P. Licinius Crassus. Denarius, Africa 47-46, AR 3.84 g. Q·METEL· PIVS – [S]CIPIO·IMP Lion-headed figure of Genius Terrae Africae, standing facing, clad in long robes, holding ankh in r. hand; at sides of head, G·T· – A. Rev. P·CRASSVS·IVN – LEG PRO·PR Victory standing l., holding caduceus and shield. Babelon Caecilia 51 and Licinia 21. Sydenham 1050. Sear Imperators 43. RBW 1604. Crawford 460/4.
Very rare and among the finest known. Wonderful old cabinet tone and extremely fine
Ex M&M 81, 1995, 247; NAC 10, 1997, 541; Triton I, 1997, 1208; M&M list 603, 1998, 116; Peus 372, 2002, 1075 and Hess-Divo 317, 2010, P.A. 771 sales.

This is a tough coin to find in any grade. I have seen perhaps a half dozen during the twenty years I have been building this set. This one is the finest I have found. MSG.

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