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Phallic Tessera

372, Lot: 425. Estimate $100.
Sold for $190. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Anonymous issues. 1st-3rd centuries AD. PB Tessera (17mm, 3.93. g, 10h). Phallus / Two-pronged pitchford. Rostovstev 919 corr. (rev. description); Minturnae 49. VF.

Examples of this cast type have been found at Minturnae in Italy, but are also anecdotally reported from Spain. This would match with many of the smaller, struck leads from Minturnae, which also share types and traits with Spanish lead issues.