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3680385
368, Lot: 385. Estimate $300.
Sold for $1750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Q. Pompeius Rufus. 54 BC. AR Denarius (16mm, 3.84 g, 9h). Rome mint. Bare head of the consul Q. Pompeius Rufus right / Bare head of Sulla right. Crawford 434/1; Sydenham 908; Pompeia 4. VF, some porosity and cleaning marks.


Ex Spink Numismatic Circular CXII/3 (June 2004), no. RM1857.

This coin issue bears the only portrait of the dictator Sulla. The moneyer was the grandson of Sulla and his home would likely have had portraits of their famous ancestor. Thus, although posthumously struck, the portrait on these coins is probably an accurate representation.