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Live auction - brm_553799 - SCIPIO Denier

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Estimate : 620 €
Price : 390 €
Maximum bid : 400 €
End of the sale : 16 June 2020 14:35:54
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Denier
Date: 47-46 AC.
Mint name / Town : Afrique
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 950 ‰
Diameter : 17,5 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 3,33 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Flan légèrement décentré. Joli portrait de Jupiter ainsi qu’un revers agréable. Patine grise avec de légers reflets dorés
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant du stock de Bourgey et de la collection du Docteur Thierry de Craeker


Obverse legend : [Q.] METEL/ PIVS.
Obverse description : Tête laurée de Jupiter à droite.
Obverse translation : “Quintus Metellus Pius”, (Quintus Metellus pieux).


Reverse legend : SCIPIO// IMP À L'EXERGUE.
Reverse description : Éléphant passant à droite.
Reverse translation : “Scipio Imperator”, (Scipion imperator).


Pour ce type, M. Crawford a relevé une estimation de 93 coins de droit et de 103 coins de revers.

Historical background


(47-46 BC)

Caesar arrives in Africa. The final fight is fought at Thapsus on February 6, 46 BC. Juba I, king of Mauretania, and his ally Scipion, are defeated. Unable to escape, Scipio commits suicide in despair, just like Cato at Utica. Caesar creates the province of Africa Nova and gives a new status to the territory of Carthage. He then returned to Rome where he celebrated a quadruple triumph.

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