The Roman Republic
Estimate: 7'500 CHF
Starting price: 6'000 CHF
Price realized: 28'000 CHF
Denarius, Southern Spain 44, AR 3.72 g. SEX MAGN PIVS – IMP – B Bare head of Cnaeus Pompeius r. Rev. PIETAS Pietas standing l., holding palm branch and transverse sceptre. Babelon Pompeia 18. C 12. Sydenham 1042 var. Sear Imperators 232. Woytek Arma et Nummi p. 558. Buttrey, NC 1960, 1 and pl. V, 3 and pl. VI, D. RBW 1669. Crawford 477/1a.
Very rare and in exceptional condition for the issue. Possibly the finest specimen known.
Struck on unusually fresh metal for the issue and with a light iridescent tone.
Reverse slightly off-centre, otherwise about extremely fine
Privately purchased from Harlan J Berk at the NYINC in 2010.
One of the toughest of the Sextus Pompey issues and among the finest known survivors. A tough coin in great condition. MSG.