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Exceptional Cato Quinarius

Triton XXII, Lot: 815. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $2200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

M. Cato. 89 BC. AR Quinarius (15mm, 2.14 g, 1h). Rome mint. Head of Liber with long hair right, wearing ivy wreath; caduceus or bipennis below; M • C(AT)O downward behind / Victory seated right on chair set on ground line, holding patera in right hand and palm frond in left hand over left shoulder; VIC(TR)IX in exergue. Crawford 343/2b; King 46; Sydenham 597c; BMCRR Italy 680; Porcia 7; RBW 1298 (letter below head). Superb EF, lightly toned. Wonderful strike. Among the finest known.

From the Alan J. Harlan Collection. Ex Numismatica Ars Classica 52 (7 October 2009), lot 233.