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Lot 4119

C. Coelius Caldus, moneyer. Silver Denarius (3.9g) minted at Rome, 51 BC. C COEL CALDVS (on right), COS (below neck truncation). Bare head right of C. Coelius Caldus (consul 94 BC); to left, trumpet and spear; to right, below chin, vexillum inscribed HIS. Reverse: C CALDVS (downward on left), I / MP A X (on right, in four lines). Figure seated left preparing feast of Jupiter behind lectisternium flanked by two trophies and inscribed L CALDVS VII VIR EPVL in two lines; in exergue, CALDVS III V[IR]. Sear 405; Coelia 11. A splendid example of the rarest of C. Coelius Denarii. Well centered with uniform greyish-violet toning. Extremely Fine.

Issued about 51 BC, this handsome denarius of the late Roman Republic has a fine portrait of C. Coelius Caldus, one of the consuls for 94 BC. The moneyer responsible for the issue was the grandson of the consul, and the types of his coinage celebrate the achievements of this notable individual. These include his victory over the Salluvii in Gaul and his military successes as governor of Hispania Citerior. Also named on the reverse is a Lucius Caldus who may have been the father of the moneyer. The collegium to which he belonged had the duty of preparing a sumptuous banquet offered to the gods, symbolized by the table (lectisternium) pictured on the reverse.
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,400.
The Hunter Collection.

Realized $6,325

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