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Pompey the Great

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Pompey the Great and Terentius Varro, 49 B.C.
AR Denarius, 3.98g. 18mm. Military mint moving with Pompey in Greece or the Illyrian coast. VARRO PRO Q. Terminal bust of Jupiter to right; some evidence of overstriking behind the bust. Rev. MAGN POR COS. Scepter between dolphin and eagle. CR 447/1a. Syd. 1033. Sear, Imperators 8. Woytek, p. 558. Lovely old cabinet toning and an impressive pedigree.

The reverse type alludes to Pompey's dominion over land and sea with his victories over the pirates and Mithradates of Pontos.

Ex: Clarence Bement collection of Philadelphia, Naville Ars Classcia, Lucerne, Auction VIII, 1924, lot 373.
Ex: Lawrence collection, Glendining, London, Auction, December 7, 1950, lot 245.
Ex: Münzen und Medaillen, Basel, Auction XIX, 1959, lot 120. See more detailed image
Extremely Fine $17,500.00


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