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    Anonymous, Circa 240-225 B.C., Aes Grave as, Head of Janus/Prow right; I above, Thurlow-Vecchi 51, About VF, heavy green patina. "Aes grave", which translates from Latin as "heavy bronze", is a fitting term for describing these massive cast coins. This example, for instance, weighs nearly a pound. A tradition of casting large bronze coinage had flourished in Central Italy since the 4th century B.C. As Roman isolation gave way to internationalism, however, these unwieldy units lost favor and were replaced by more manageable struck bronzes.

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    January, 2003
    10th-11th Friday-Saturday
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