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143, Lot: 154. Estimate $100.
Sold for $84. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

M. Furius L.f. Philus. 120 BC. AR Denarius (17mm, 3.89 g). Laureate head of Janus / Roma standing left, holding spear and crowning trophy of Gallic arms and carnyx; star above. Crawford 281/1; Sydenham 529; Furia 18. VF, toned.


From the collection of Alexander de Barros.

The reverse alludes to the defeat of the Allobroges by Q. Fabius Maximus in 120 BC. Their subjugation lead to the annexation of Gallia Narbonensis as a new Roman province. This denarius is one of the few in the Republican series to refer to a contemporary event.