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    Exceptional Marsic Denarius

    Social War. The Marsic Confederation (91-88 BC). AR denarius (19mm, 4.06 gm, 6h). Corfinium, 89 BC. Laureate head of Italia right, wearing pearl necklace; X below chin / Italia, seated left on stack of shields, holding scepter in right hand and sword in left, crowned by Victory who stands to left behind, C in left field, ITALIA in exergue. HN Italy 412b (same dies as illustrated specimen). Sydenham 624. BMCRR Social War 15. RCV I 229. Very rare! Well centered, perfectly struck and beautifully toned -- among the finest known specimens of this elusive type! NGC Choice AU? 5/5 - 5/5.

    The Marsic Confederation was an alliance of cities opposed to Rome during the Social War of 91-88 BC. Resulting from the Roman refusal to grant full citizenship to its Italian allies, the Confederation included Marsi, Peligni, Piceni, Vestini, Samnium, Frentani, Marrucini, and Lucani. The aims of the alliance are still debated centuries later, but at least some member cities intended to form an independent nation called Italia with its capital at Corfinium (modern day Abruzzo). Their coinage, modeled on the Roman denarius system, prominently depicted a female personification of Italia and oath-taking scenes reflecting the origins on the anti-Roman alliance. While the alliance was defeated on the battlefield, Rome eventually ended up enfranchising all of Italy, effectively acceding to the alliance's demands. 

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