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Triton XXII, Lot: 828. Estimate $1500.
Sold for $2000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

C. Mamilius Limetanus. 82 BC. AR Serrate Denarius (18mm, 3.58 g, 6h). Rome mint. Draped bust of Mercury right, wearing winged petasus; to left, Z above caduceus / Ulysses, wearing pileus and mariner’s dress, walking right, leaning on staff in left hand and extending his right hand toward his dog, Argus, who advances toward him; C • MAMIL downward to left, LIME(TA)N upward to right. Crawford 362/1; Sydenham 741; Mamilia 6; BMCRR Rome 2716-29 var. (obverse control letter); RBW 1370 var. (same). Superb EF, lightly toned with underlying luster.

From the Alan J. Harlan Collection, purchased from Edward J. Waddell. Ex Tkalec (24 October 2003), lot 187.

The reverse of this type depicts the return of Ulysses to his home on the island of Ithaca. His dog Argus, overjoyed at the sight of his master after so many years, died on his arrival.