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Live auction - brm_348873 - SEXTUS POMPEY Denier

SEXTUS POMPEY Denier AU/AU
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Estimate : 950 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 31 March 2015 14:37:16
Type : Denier
Date: c. 42 AC.
Mint name / Town : Catane
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 950 ‰
Diameter : 18 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 3,86 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan ovale et irrégulier fortement décentré des deux côtés sur les légendes et le trophée au revers. Très jolie tête de Neptune, courte sur la barbe. Revers en partie hors champ. Patine avec des reflets dorés
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient de la collection de M. Robert Couet

Obverse


Obverse legend : [(MA)G] PI-VS - [IMP ITER].
Obverse description : Tête diadémée de Neptune à droite, un trident sur l’épaule.
Obverse translation : "Magnus pius imperatori iterum" (Pompée, le grand, pieux Imperator pour la deuxième fois).

Reverse


Reverse legend : PRAEF CLAS ET [O-RAE (MAR)IT EX. S. C].
Reverse description : Trophée naval orné d’une proue et de l’aplustre.
Reverse translation : "Praefectus classis et oræ maritimæ ex senatus consulto", (Préfet de la flotte et de la côte maritime par décret du Sénat).

Commentary


Pour ce type, M. Crawford a relevé une estimation inférieure à trente coins de droit et inférieure à trente-trois coins de revers. Ce type est plus rare que ne le laissent paraître les ouvrages généraux. Seulement huit pièces ont été répertoriées par M. Crawford dans les dépôts d’Avvetrana (1 ex.), de Maillé (1 ex.), de Bourgueil (1 ex.) , de Terranova (3 ex.) et d’Aquileia (2 ex.). Les auteurs du CMDRR. ont recensé cinq variétés différentes de légendes pour ce type de denier.

Historical background


Sextus

(67-35 BC) Sextus Pompeius Magnus

Pompey after Pharsalus, fled to Egypt where he was murdered. This mint is restored by his youngest son Sextus (67-35 BC), who continued the fight against Caesar after the death of his elder brother in Munda in 45 BC Reconciled with Antoine in 44 BC, he was a great military command and set up his headquarters in Marseille before becoming commander of the fleet of the Republic the following year. At the instigation of Octavius, declared a public enemy, he was proscribed. He left Marseille for the benefit of Sicily where he crushed the Octave fleet commanded by Quintus Salvidienus Rufus in 42 BC He took the title "son of Neptune" like his father and assumed the title of Pius. Reconciled with Octavian, he was finally defeated by Agrippa Nauloque September 3, 36 BC He managed to escape in Asia Minor, but was executed at the instigation of Marc Antoine.

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