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640835
Sale: CNG 64, Lot: 835. Estimate $500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2003. 
Sold For $500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

JULIUS CAESAR. 44 BC. AR Denarius (3.71 gm). Posthumous issue. P. Sepullius Macer, moneyer. Temple dedicated to the Clemency of Caesar / Horseman (desultor) riding right with two horses, whip in right hand; wreath and palm behind. Crawford 480/21; Alföldi Type XXII, 42 (A1/R1); CRI 110; Sydenham 1076; CNR 158/1 (same obverse die); RSC 44. Toned, good VF, but large fraction of dies not struck up. Rare. ($500)

From the Tony Hardy Collection.

This coin is actually one of the first issues of Mark Antony, struck shortly after Caesar's assassination. The horseman is believed to be a reference to the Parilian Games, celebrated on 21 April. Both the games and the temple (never constructed) celebrated Caesar's victories and honor.