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Calliope, Muse of Epic Poetry

Triton XXII, Lot: 880. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $1800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Q. Pomponius Musa. 56 BC. AR Denarius (17.5mm, 4.01 g, 4h). Rome mint. Laureate head of Apollo right; lyre key to left / Calliope, the Muse of Epic Poetry, wearing long flowing tunic and peplum, standing right, playing lyre set on column; Q • POMPONI downward to left, M’VSA downward to right. Crawford 410/2b; Sydenham 812; Pomponia 10; BMCRR Rome 3608-9; RBW –. EF, toned with some iridescence.

From the William Whetstone Collection, purchased from Joel Malter, 26 November 1968.