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Lot 1001

Estimate: 300 CHF   |   Starting price: 240 CHF Price realized: 250 CHF
The Roman Republic
L. Cornelius Sulla. Denarius, mint moving with Sulla 84-83, AR 4.36 g. Diademed head of Venus r.; in r. field, Cupid standing l., holding palm branch; below, L·SVLLA. Rev. IMPER Jug and lituus between two trophies; below, ITERVM. Babelon Cornelia 29. Sydenham 761. RBW 1364. Crawford 359/2.
Scarce. A minor area of weakness on obverse, otherwise about extremely fine No known portraits can be certainly attributed to L. Cornelius Sulla. This coin without a portrait was minted during his lifetime when he marched on Rome to take control over the Roman republic. I have started this catalogue with Sulla, as his dictatorship opened the door to the troublesome imperatorial period, when contemporary portraits first appeared on Roman coins. AMP.

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