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BM00947

Cn. Pompeius Magnus, Denarius.

Cn. Pompeius Magnus, Silver Denarius. Travelling mint, struck by Cn. Calpurnius Piso, Spring 48 B.C. [CN] PISO PRO Q, bearded head of Numa Pompilius facing right, wearing a diadem inscribed NVMA, rev. MAGN / PRO CO[S], prow right, 3.91g, 6h (Cr. 446/1; RBW 1565, Sear Imperators 7; Sydenham 1032; Woytek 'Arma et Nummi' p. 558). A particularly fine example, attractively toned with light iridescence, well struck and extremely fine.

The obverse of this coin depicts the head of the legendary king of Rome, Numa Pompilius. The family name (Calpurnia) of the moneyer of this issue has its origins in the name of Pompilius's son, Calpus, while the reverse of the coin is symbolic of Pompey the Great's naval victories.

Ex CNG 46, 1998, lot 1088

Ex Barry Feirstein Collection, Numismatica Ars Classica, Auction 45, 2 April 2008, lot 16

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