Numismatica Ars Classica, Zurich   |   Auction 98   |   12 December 2016
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Lot 1005





Estimate: 3'000 CHF   |   Starting price: 2'400 CHF Price realized: 3'000 CHF
The Roman Republic
Iulius Caesar and M. Mettius. Denarius 44, AR 3.99 g. CAESARĀ·IM[P] Wreathed head of Caesar r.; behind, lituus and culullus. Rev. [MĀ·METTIVS] Venus standing l., holding sceptre and Victory, and resting l. elbow on shield which in turn rests on globe; in l. field, G. Babelon Julia 32 and Mettia 4. C 34. Sydenham 1056. Sear Imperators 100. RBW 1678. Crawford 480/3.
Rare. A superb portrait of fine style struck on a very fresh metal. Light iridescent
tone, areas of weakness, otherwise good extremely fine This coin was probably issued from mid January to the beginning of February 44 BC. Depicting the portrait of Caesar was a revolutionary change in Roman republican coinage in that for the first time a living person was portrayed on a coin. A very typical image of Julius Caesar in exceptionally fine style. AMP.

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