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Live auction - brm_763670 - SICINIA Denier

SICINIA Denier MS
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Estimate : 1 000 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 07 March 2023 14:31:53
Type : Denier
Date: 49 AC.
Mint name / Town : Grèce
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 950 ‰
Diameter : 16 mm
Orientation dies : 7 h.
Weight : 3,88 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Très bel exemplaire sur un flan court, idéalement centré des deux côtés. Superbe portrait d’Apollon. Patine grise avec de légers reflets dorés
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : Q. SICINIVS - III. VIR.
Obverse description : Tête diadémée d’Apollon à droite ; en dessous une étoile.
Obverse translation : “Quintus Sicinius Triumvir”, (Quintus Sicinius, magistrat monétaire).

Reverse


Reverse legend : C. COPONIVS - PR. S. C..
Reverse description : Massue d’Hercule surmontée de la léonté, vue de face, accostée d’un arc et d’une flèche.
Reverse translation : “Caius Coponius Prætor Senatus Consulto”, (Caius Coponius préteur avec l’accord du Sénat).

Commentary


Monnaie d’une très grande rareté avec une variante intéressante puisque la léonté est vue de face. Ce type a été frappé par l’un des partisans de Pompée qui l’a suivi dans sa fuite.

Historical background


SICINIA

(49 BC)

The gens Sicinia is a family of plebeian origin from Rome. In 49, the break between Pompey and Caesar is consummated. Caesar crosses the Rubicon, "Alea Jacta est!", on January 11 and invades Italy. The Senate entrusts the defense of Rome to Pompey. Quintus Sicinius is named by the prefect of the City and mints there until Caesar seizes it. This is the last official coinage of the Pompeian party in the Urbs. Faced with the impossibility of defending the City against Caesar's troops, Pompey fled and took refuge in Greece with part of the Roman aristocracy..

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