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980960. CYRENAICA, Cyrene. Trajan. AD 98-117. AR Drachm (19mm, 3.81 g, 7h). Dated Cos. III (AD 100). AYT KAIΣ NЄP TPAIAN ΣЄB ΓЄPM, laureate head right / ΔHMAPX [EΞ] YΠAT Γ, Horned head of Zeus–Ammon right. Metcalf p. 83, note 1 (for attribution to Cyrene); Sydenham, Caesarea 176. Good VF, toned. Fine style. Powerful portrait of Zeus. ($795)

Roman Republican

980962. Anonymous. 211-208 BC. AR Quinarius (16mm, 2.31 g, 7h). Rome mint. Head of Roma right, wearing winged helmet ornamented with griffin’s head, the visor in three pieces, earring, and necklace; V (mark of value) to left / The Dioscuri on horseback riding right, each holding couched spear, and wearing chlamys, cuirass, and pileus, surmounted by star; ROMA in relief in linear frame. Crawford 44/6; King 1; Sydenham 141; Kestner 328-52; BMCRR Rome 10-12; RSC 3. Superb EF, toned. Struck on a broad flan. ($975)

981933. C. Claudius Pulcher. 110-109 BC. AR Denarius (20mm, 3.98 g, 8h). Rome mint. Head of Roma right, wearing winged helmet ornamented with griffin’s head, the visor in two pieces, earring, and necklace / Victory driving galloping biga right; C · PVLCHER below. Crawford 300/1; Sydenham 569; Kestner 2526-7; BMCRR Rome 1288-9; Claudia 1. Superb EF, lightly toned. Struck on a broad flan. ($795) Ex Nomisma 37 (4 October 2008), lot 77.

978903. L. Censorinus. 82 BC. AR Denarius (18mm, 4.02 g, 8h). Rome mint. Laureate head of Apollo right / Marsyas standing left, holding wineskin over shoulder; to right, column surmounted by statue of Minerva(?) standing left; L • CENSOR down left. Crawford 363/1d; Sydenham 737; Kestner 3155; BMCRR Rome 2657-9; Marcia 24. EF, toned. ($875) The statue of Marsyas, the satyr who was flayed alive for challenging the god Apollo, stood in the Roman Forum near the Rostra Caesaris and the Rostra Augusti and was intimately associated with the Tribunal of the Urban Praetor. Because of its location, the statue came to be associated with libertas (Serv. ad Aen. 3.20 and 4.58; CIL 8.4219 = ILS 6849, 16417, 27771). The presence of the statue on this coin commemorates its setting up in the Forum by the moneyer’s ancestor, C. Marcius Rutilus Censorinus, the first plebeian to become pontifex and augur in 300 BC, who was also one of the first plebeians to become censor.

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