|Lot 256. Q. Pompeius Rufus. 54 B.C. AR denarius (17 mm, 3.58 g, 4 h). Rome. bare head of the consul Q. Pompeius Rufus right / SVLLA · COS, bare head of Sulla right. Crawford 434/1; Sydenham 908; Pompeia 4. Light porosity. Very fine. |
The portrait of Sulla on this coin is the only known portrait of the infamous Roman dictator. The moneyer was his grandson, and although the coin was struck a quarter century after the dictator's death, the portrait of Sulla was almost certainly modeled on a bust or death mask to which the moneyer would have had access.
Estimate: US$ 500