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Extremely Rare Crawford 95/1c Victoriatus

Triton XXII, Lot: 789. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $1900. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Anonymous. 211-208 BC. AR Victoriatus (15.5mm, 3.22 g, 4h). VB series. Uncertain mint. Laureate head of Jupiter right / Victory standing right, crowning trophy with wreath; ROMA in exergue. Crawford 95/1c = Crawford, Early –; Schaefer & Friedman Fig. 29 (same obv. die); Sydenham 113 var. (with VB monogram); RSC 36m var. (same); Kestner 1071; BMCRR Italy 233-5 var. (same); RBW 391 (same obv. die). EF, lustrous. Extremely rare variety without the VB monogram.

Note that Jupiter’s head on this Crawford 95/1c is more elongated than on Crawford 90/2. The curl on the forehead of Crawford 90/2 is vertical but on Crawford 95/1c it is not. There are three curls close to one another on Crawford 95/1c, rather than four longer curls on Crawford 90/2. The coin plated in Crawford for 95/1c is the example in the Kestner-Museum in Hannover, Germany.