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Extremely Rare Julius Caesar Sestertius

Sale: Triton XI, Lot: 555. Estimate $1500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 7 January 2008. 
Sold For $4500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BYZACIUM, Hadrumentum. Augustus, with Divus Julius Caesar. 27 BC-AD 14. Æ “Sestertius” (29.48 g, 9h). Struck 12-8 BC. HADR AVGVSTVS, bare head of Augustus to right; simpulum at point of bust; apex to left / CAESAR to right, bare head of Divus Julius Caesar to left; lituus at point of bust; six-rayed star to right. RPC I 771; MAA 79 corr. (no simpulum); Müller, Afrique 30; SNG Copenhagen -. VF, dark green patina with orange overtones. Extremely rare.


From the Patrick Villemur Collection. Ex Triton III (30 November 1999), lot 805 .

Since the simpulum is not visible on the illustrated specimen, the authors of RPC made no mention of it in their attribution. The present coin is the only specimen struck well enough for all details to be visible.