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Live auction - brm_519934 - POMPONIA Denier

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Estimate : 520 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 29 January 2019 14:22:00
Type : Denier
Date: 66 AC.
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 950 ‰
Diameter : 18,5 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 4,05 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan légèrement décentré des deux côtés. Belle tête d’Apollon. Revers de style fin. Patine de collection ancienne


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête d’Apollon lauré à droite ; derrière, deux flûtes entrecroisées.


Reverse legend : Q. POMPONI/ MVSA.
Reverse description : Euterpe (muse de la Poésie lyrique) drapée, debout à droite, tenant deux flûtes, posée sur une colonne.
Reverse translation : “Quintus Pomponius/ Musa”, (Quintus Pomponius Musa).


Pour ce type, M. Crawford a relevé une estimation inférieure à moins de dix coins de droit et à moins de onze coins de revers. Ce denier est en fait infiniment plus rare que ne le laissent imaginer les ouvrages généraux.

Historical background


(66 BC) Quintus Pomponius Musa

Marcus Aemilius Lepidus and Lucius Volcaius Tullus were consuls in 66 BC The previous year, the "lex Gabinia" the consul Marcus Acilius Glabrio gave a "Imperium maius" Pompey to fight pirates ravaging and ransom the Eastern Mediterranean. It cleans the "Mare Nostrum" in three months. In 66 BC, he received thanks to the "lex Manlia" supreme command against Mithridates VI of Pontus (121-63 BC). It replaces Lucullus and combines with Phraates III (70-57 BC). Phraates invaded Armenia and defeated Tigranes (97-56 BC). Betrayed by his son Pharnaces Mithridates VI is defeated, and fled to the Crimea. He was finally assassinated in 63 BC to Panticapaeum.

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