Ancient Coins: ROMAN REPUBLICAN and IMPERATORIAL SILVER: C. Vibius Pansa, 48 B.C.

C. Vibius Pansa, 48 B.C.
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C. Vibius Pansa, 48 B.C.

AR Denarius, 4.03g. 18mm.  PANSA.  Mask of Pan.  Rev.  C VIBIVS C F C N IOVIS AXVR. Jupiter Anxurus enthroned to left holding patera and scepter.   CR 449/1a.  Syd. 947.  Sear, Imperators 20.   Lovely old cabinet toning.  Exceptional quality with an expressive Pan head and finely excecured detail on Jupiter. 

Both Crawford and Sear note that the reverse type of a youthful Jupiter refers to a temple and cult of this god at the southern Italian city of Terracina whose ancient name was Anxurus.  The obverse type is a pun on the moneyer's name.

Ex: Mark Salton (born Max Schlessinger)  collection, Frankfurt and NY, 1914-2005, with collector's old ticket and envelope. (For bio see

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Extremely Fine $2,500.

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