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Triton XVII, Lot: 505. Estimate $300.
Sold for $700. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

C. Augurinus. 135 BC. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.88 g, 12h). Rome mint. Head of Roma right, in high relief, wearing winged helmet, ornamented with griffin’s head, the visor in three pieces and peaked, wearing single-drop earring and pearl necklace, hair arranged in three symmetrical locks; ROMA downwards to left, X (mark of value) below chin / Ionic column, surmounted by a figure holding scepter in right hand and grain ears in left; the shaft is formed of torus-shaped blocks; to the capital is attached a tinnabulum (bell) on either side; at base of column are two lion heads, each surmounted by a stalk of grain; on left, togate figure of L. Minucius Augurinus, togate, holding a dish and a loaf, left foot on modius; on right, togate figure of M. Minucius Faesus, holding lituus in right hand; C • A VG above. Crawford 242/1; Sydenham 463; Kestner 2195-6; BMCRR Rome 952-4; Minucia 3. Near EF, attractive cabinet toning, tiny flan flaw on reverse. Well struck.

From the Archer M. Huntington Collection, ANS 1001.1.10591.