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Live auction - brm_764291 - POMPEY THE GREAT Denier

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Estimate : 900 €
Price : 810 €
Maximum bid : 959 €
End of the sale : 06 September 2022 14:38:24
bidders : 4 bidders
Type : Denier
Date: c. 49-48 AC.
Mint name / Town : Grèce avec Pompée
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : + 950 ‰
Diameter : 18,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 4,02 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie idéalement centrée présentant un beau buste au droit. Patine grise


Obverse legend : VARRO. PRO. - Q.
Obverse description : Buste du dieu Terne sous les traits de Jupiter à droite.
Obverse translation : “Varro pro quætor” (Varron pro questeur).


Reverse legend : MAGN. PRO/ COS.
Reverse description : Sceptre debout au milieu entre un dauphin à gauche tourné à droite et un aigle à droite tourné à gauche.
Reverse translation : “Magnus pro consul” (Le Grand Pompée proconsul).


Ce denier est en réalité l’un des rares frappés du vivant de l’éternel compétiteur de César.

Historical background


(106-48 BC)

Pompey is the son of Gnaeus Pompeius Strabo, consul in 89 before J. C-. and supporter of Sulla as a member of the senatorial aristocracy. He began his career by assisting the happy dictator (Sylla), fighting for him in Sicily and Africa before 81 J. C-. at the age of twenty-five years. This is where he received the nickname Magnus (the Great). He then campaigned against Sertorius in Spain with varying fortunes before triumphing in 67 before J. C-. He then cleared the Mediterranean of pirates who infested. He then ended the struggle between Rome Mithridates VI of Pontus for over thirty years. In 63 J. C-. It annexed Syria ending three centuries of monarchy Seleucid. He then formed with Caesar and Crassus the first triumvirate. He married the daughter of Caesar. After the death of Crassus at Carrhae in 53 before J. C-. The conflict became inevitable between Caesar and Pompey. This one broke out before 49 J. C-. when Caesar crossed the Rubicon while the Senate wanted to force him to disband his legions with the support of Pompey. Pompey fled to Greece with a portion of the Senate and the aristocracy. He was defeated at Pharsalus in 48 before J. C-. He then went to Egypt, hoping to find refuge. This is where there was treacherously murdered by agents of Ptolemy which wanted to reconcile Caesar.

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