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Sale Number: 326  -  Triskeles Auctions
Lot Number: 319

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Lot 319.  Samaria, Nysa-Scythopolis. M. Licinius Crassus. Proconsul, 54-53 B.C. Æ (20 mm, 3.99 g, 12 h). CY 10 (54 B.C.). Head of the proconsul Crassus right / [ΓAB NY] in two lines in left field, Dionysus standing facing, head left, holding cantharus and thyrsus; in right field, date ([L I]); in exergue, [Λ]. Cf. Barkay 5; cf. Rosenberger 3; cf. RPC 4827. Very rare. Orange-brown patina with some roughness. Fine.

Struck shortly before Crassus' fateful campaign against the Parthians where he was killed, losing nearly the entirety of the Roman forces he had taken with him. RPC identifies the portrait of Crassus' predecessor, Gabinius, but Barkay argues for Crassus based on the dissimilarity of the portrait on this coin to that on the coins of Gabinius.

Estimate: US$ 200 

Lot is Closed
Closing PriceUS$ 265 
Closing DateFriday, September 29, 2017
12:46:00 PM CDT