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Lovely Amphitrite or Sultry Salacia?

Triton XXII, Lot: 853. Estimate $5000.
Sold for $7500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Q. Creperius M.f. Rocus. 69 BC. AR Serrate Denarius (18mm, 3.83 g, 4h). Rome mint. Draped bust of Amphitrite right, seen from behind; seal(?) downward to left, D upward to right / Neptune, holding reins and brandishing trident, driving sea-chariot drawn by two hippocamps right; D above, [Q •] CREPEREI/[ROCVS]in two lines below. Crawford 399/1a; Sydenham 796; Crepereia 1; BMCRR Rome 3338; RBW 1440. Choice EF, light iridescent toning. Very rare.

From the Alan J. Harlan Collection. Ex Roma V (23 March 2013), lot 566; Mayflower (Sukenik) Collection (Heritage 3019, 25 April 2012), lot 23285; Classical Numismatic Group 42 (29 May 1997), lot 737; Numismatica Ars Classica 9 (16 April 1996), lot 675.

Although all the major references refer to the lovely goddess depicted here as Amphitrite, Greek goddess of the Sea and consort of Poseidon, she should perhaps more properly be identified as her Roman counterpart, Salacia, wife of Neptune.