The Roman Republic
Estimate: 12'500 CHF
Starting price: 10'000 CHF
Price realized: 17'000 CHF
Denarius 42, AR 3.92 g. Laureate head of Caesar r.; behind, laurel branch and before, caduceus. Rev. L·LIVINEIVS / REGVLVS Bull charging r. Babelon Julia 57 and Livineia 1. C 27. Sydenham 1106. Sear Imperators 115. RBW 1730. Crawford 494/24.
Very rare and in unusually fine condition. Exceptionally well struck for the issue
and with a superb old cabinet tone, extremely fine
Privately purchased from Harlan J. Berk on 2nd March 2011. Ex NAC sale 18, 2000, 349.
I happened to be visiting Harlan Berk one day at his store and he set on his desk a collection of the twelve Caesars he had just bought in silver. Each coin was nice but by that time I was fairly far along in my collection. I already owned this type (see first sale) but I was taken by this coin as being particularly nice for the issue. I couldn’t resist and added it to the collection – as well as a few other pieces. I don’t know who the collector was that put the set together but they had a good eye for nice coins. MSG.