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61, Lot: 180. Estimate $250.
Sold for $261. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Cn. Pompeius Magnus. After 45 BC. AE As (30mm, 25.27 gm). Spanish or Sicilian mint. Laureate head of Janus with features of Pompeius Magnus / Prow of galley right. Crawford 479/1; RPC I 671; CRI 336; Sydenham 1044a. VF, green patina, slight encrustation, partial flat strike.

From the Tony Hardy Collection.

While this type has traditionally been assigned to Spain during the period 45-44 BC, it is more likely that it was struck in Sicily after Sextus Pompey's arrival in 43 BC. Here, the edges are rounded unlike the straight edges of the pieces certainly struck in Spain, and the style of this issue varies considerably suggesting that several mints may have been involved in production.