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Lot 2351

[Roman Imperatorial Period.] Sextus Pompey, d. 35 BC. AR Denarius minted at Massilia, summer 44-April 43 BC by Q. Nasidius. Bare head right of Pompey the Great as Neptune; in right field, trident; below, dolphin. Reverse: Galley right under sail; above, six-pointed star. Cr. 483/2; Syd. 1350. Most surviving examples of this very rare coin are faulted on one side or the other. Toned Extremely Fine; one of the finest representations of a galley on a coin.

This important coin depicts Sextus Pompey, younger son of Pompey the Great, as "ruler of the seas." When this coin was minted, Julius Caesar was recently murdered and Sextus Pompey solidified a naval force, controlling the Mediterranean. This coin commemorates his victories and annexation of Sicily.
Estimated Value $13,000 - 15,000.
Ex A. Lynn Collection; Triton IV (5-6 XII 2000), lot 423.

Realized $16,675

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