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L. Hostilius Saserna, Silver Denarius

L. Hostilius Saserna (48 B.C.), Silver Denarius. Mint of Rome. Bearded draped bust of a Gallic warrior facing right, with dishevelled flowing hair, a Gallic shield behind, rev. L HOSTILIVS / SASERN, biga galloping right, driven by a charioteer holding a whip and the reins, a warrior stands on the biga, facing backwards, holding a shield and hurling a spear, 3.94g., 3h (Crawford 448/2a; Sydenham 952; RBW 1569). With a superb portrait, attractive old iridescent cabinet tone, extremely fine, a wonderful example of this popular issue.

The portrait on the obverse of this coin has been identified as that of Vercingetorix in the past. There is however no other evidence to confirm this.

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