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    Exceptional Coelius Caldus

    C. Coelius Caldus (51 BC). AR denarius (19mm, 3.85 gm, 9h). 

      C·COEL·CALDVS,  head of the C. Coelius Caldus (Consul 94 BC) right; below, COS and, behind, tablet inscribed L·D.  / CALDVS·IIIVIR, head of Sol right; behind, oval shield decorated with thunderbolt; before, Macedonian shield. Crawford 437/1a. RSC Coelia 4. Sydenham 891. Rare. Two outstanding portraits in fine style. Lovely toning. Choice Extremely Fine.

    Ex RBW Collection (NAC 63, 12 May 2012), lot 325; ex CNG 41,  (March 1997), lot 1626.

    C. Coelius Caldus, Cos. 94 BC,  was a prominant figure of the later Roman Republic and played a role in the Sullan civil war of 85-83 BC. As Tribune of the Plebs in 107 BC, he passed the Lex Tabellaria, which required that secret ballots be cast in trials for high treason. After his consulship in 94 BC, he was made proconsul in Spain, where he won victories against the native tribes and was acclaimed Imperator. A partisan of Marius, he tried to prevent the army of Pompey the Great from linking up with that of Sulla during the Civil War of 82 BC, but was unsuccessful. His eventual fate is unknown, but he likely died in the Sullan proscriptions or of natural causes before he could be proscribed. His son or grandson struck a series of coins in 51 BC bearing his ancestor's powerful portrait. The reverse image of Sol flanked by Roman and Macedonian shields either is a punning reference to the names Coelius, ("sky")  and Caldus ("hot"), or a reference to an otherwise unattested military victory in the East. 


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