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Ancients: Anonymous. Ca. 211 BC. AV 60 asses (15mm, 3.31 gm, 11h). ...

2013 September 25 - 27, 30 & October 1 World and Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach #3026

 
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Auction Ended On: Sep 25, 2013
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Location: Long Beach Convention Center, Room 103A
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802

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Spectacular Gold 60 Asses
Anonymous. Ca. 211 BC. AV 60 asses (15mm, 3.31 gm, 11h).  Head of Mars right, bearded, wearing crested Italo-Corinthian helmet; mark of value VI (ligate) X beneath / Eagle standing right on thunderbolt, wings spread; ROMA below. Crawford 44/2. Bahrfeldt 4a. Sydenham 226. A nearly perfect specimen, with full mint luster, cleanly struck from fresh dies, and possessing considerable detail seldom encountered on this type. NGC Choice MS 5/5 - 5/5.

Rome's capture and plundering of Syracuse in 212 BC and successes in Spain around this time provided the gold for the first large Roman coinage in that metal, circa 211 BC. Gold pieces in three denominations, with numerals setting their values at 60, 40 and 20 copper asses, were introduced alongside the silver denarius, quinarius, quadrigatus and sestertius. Although the overall coinage reform proved lasting, the gold denominations were only struck for two or three years and soon disappeared from circulation. 

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