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Live auction - brm_418997 - SEXTUS POMPEY Denier

SEXTUS POMPEY Denier AU
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Estimate : 750 €
Price : 470 €
Maximum bid : 750 €
End of the sale : 14 March 2017 14:33:54
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Denier
Date: c. 42 AC.
Mint name / Town : Catane
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 950 ‰
Diameter : 18 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 3,93 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur flan un peu court sur les légendes. Beau portrait de Pompée. Joli revers de style fin. Patine de collection ancienne avec reflets dorés

Obverse


Obverse legend : MAG PIVS [IMP ITER].
Obverse description : Tête nue de Pompée le Grand à droite entre un vase (capis) et un lituus.
Obverse translation : "Magnus pius imperatori iterum" (Pompée, le grand, pieux imperator pour la deuxième fois).

Reverse


Reverse legend : [PR(AE)F]// CLAS ET OR(AE)/ (MAR)IT EX. S. C. À L'EXERGUE EN DEUX LIGNES.
Reverse description : Neptune nu debout à gauche, le manteau sur l'épaule, le pied droit posé sur une proue de navire entre les frères Anapias et Amphinomus portant leurs parents sur leurs épaules.
Reverse translation : "Præfectus classis et oræ maritimæ ex senatus consulto" (Préfet de la flotte et de la côte maritime par décret du Sénat).

Historical background


SEXTUS POMPEY

(67-35 BC)

Pompey, after Pharsalus, fled to Egypt where he was assassinated. This coinage is returned by his youngest son Sextus (67-35 BC) who continues the fight against Caesar after the death of his older brother at Munda in 45 BC. Reconciled with Antony in 44 BC J.-C., it receives a great military command and installs its headquarters in Marseilles before becoming commander of the fleet of the Republic the following year. At the instigation of Octave, declared a public enemy, he is proscribed. He abandoned Marseilles in favor of Sicily where he crushed Octavian's fleet commanded by Quintus Salvidienus Rufus in 42 BC. He took the title of "son of Neptune" and assumed, like his father, the title of Pious. Reconciled with Octave, he was finally defeated by Agrippa at Nauloque on September 3, 36 BC. He managed to flee to Asia Minor, but was executed at the instigation of Marc Antoine.

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