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Lot 72

Estimate: 1'000 CHF   |   Starting price: 800 CHF Price realized: 1'100 CHF
THE ROMAN EMPIRE. AUGUSTUS, 27 BC - AD 14. As, Lugdunum, 15-10 BC AE 8.11 g. CAESAR - PONT MAX Laureate head r. Rev. ROM ET AVG Altar of Lugdunum. RIC cf. 57, 230. BN I, cf. 225, 1638. On rev. rectangular countermark VA (for Varus).
Of the highest rarity. Green patina. Fine
In the late summer of the year 9 AD a crucial battle took place between the Roman Empire and a confederation of Germanic tribes. The battle happened in a valley near Kalkrieser Berg, near Osnabrück in Lower Saxony. The Germanic tribes, under the leadership of Arminius, a chieftain of the Cherusci, succeeded in luring the Romans into an ambush. The result was a bloodbath that lasted three days, and up to 30,000 people were killed. The battle later came to be known as the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest or the ‘Varus Battle’ after the military governor Publius Quinctilius Varus, the leader of the Roman forces.

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