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61129
61, Lot: 129. Estimate $150.
Sold for $115. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

M. Herennius. 108-107 BC. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.68 gm). Diademed head of Pietas right / Amphinomus carrying his father right. Crawford 308/1b var. (control mark); Sydenham 567a (same); Herennia 1a (same). Lightly toned VF, traces of die cutting.

From the Tony Hardy Collection.

Amphinomus and Anapias of Catana rescued their parents during the erupption of Mt. Etna by carrying them to safety upon their shoulders. A similar design appears later for Julius Caesar, though now the the allusion is to his mythical ancestors, Venus and Aeneas.