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Live auction - brm_663592 - ROMAN REPUBLIC - ANONYMOUS Semis coulé

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Estimate : 1 800 €
Price : 1 701 €
Maximum bid : 2 000 €
End of the sale : 07 September 2021 14:58:24
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Semis coulé
Date: c. 225-217 AC
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 50 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 137,50 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large et épais. Bien venu. Patine verte légèrement granuleuse
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du stock de la BPN (Y. Cellard) en 1986 et de la collection Thierry de Craeker


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête laurée de Saturne à gauche ; au-dessous, une S couchée.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Proue de navire à gauche (rostre) ; au-dessus, S .
Reverse translation : “S”, (Semis).


Monnayage coulé. Pour ce type Italo Vecchi a relevé des poids entre 102,50 grammes et 164,80 grammes.

Historical background


(Third century BC)

Initially, the coinage of bronze is poured. As, bronze unit, which corresponds to 12 ounces weighs about 325 g to 250 BC before the end of the first Punic War (268-241 AC).. This standard becomes semi-libral around 220 BC to the beginning of the Second Punic War (221-202 AC)., Ace weighs only 150 g. Smaller divisions, uncia, semuncia, quartuncia now hit instead of being cast. Weight alone is not sufficient to classify the series, the diameter also taken into account. Rapidly between 225 and 200 will go from standard to libral sextental, ie 325 g to 54 g facing the most serious political and economic that the Republic has known since its founding crisis. From 213 BC, when the ace is still cast other divisions of sextants are subject to semuncia.

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