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CNG 109, Lot: 750. Estimate $4000.
Sold for $3500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ROMAN REPUBLICAN, Counterfeiters’ Dies. temp. Mark Antony. Autumn 32-spring 31 BC. Iron die for AR Denarius. Legionary issue. Dimensions: overall length, 32mm; diameter, 21mm at face, tapering to approximately 19mm at center, and expanding to 21mm at base. Of cylindrical form with central tang. Weight: 87.20 grams. Brass face of cast impression of reverse of legionary denarius of Mark Antony (cf. Crawford 544/19). Cf. Crawford pp. 560-562; cf. N. Lupu, “Aspekte des Münzumlaufs im vorrömischen Dakien,” JNG XVII (1967), pl. 6; cf. C.C. Vermeule, “Some notes on ancient dies and coining methods,” NumCirc LXI.10 (November 1953), Die Representation No. 2; cf. W. Malkmus, “Addenda to Vermeule’s catalog of ancient coin dies: Part 1,” SAN XVII.4 (September 1989), p. 82. VF, typical rust and corrosion on iron shaft, face shows wear from striking. Extremely rare.

Ex Randy Haviland Collection (Gemini X, 13 January 2013), lot 473; Gemini I (11 January 2005), lot 299.