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Unpublished FDC Breathtaking Gold Iridescent Patina. Silanus (The Stepfather of Brutus). Estimated $2,000
Ex ACM (Hammered $1500)
JUNIA Decimus Junius Silanus
Date: 91 BC.
AR Denarius (17.5mm, 2h. 3.95g.)
Titration obverse: Anepigraphe.
Description obverse: Head helmeted from Rome to the right; Behind the head, L.
Titulature reverse: D. SILANVS. LF / ROMA at the forefront.
Description reverse: Victoria (Victory) in a galloping bike on the right, holding the reins
with both hands; Above, mark of control, V.
Translation reverse: “Decimus [Junius] Silanus Lucii Filius”, (Decimus Junius Silanus son of Lucius).
New pair of dies unpublished ( L & XI ).
Reference works: B.15 (Junia) – BMC / RR.- – CRR.646 (1) – RRC.337 / 3 – RSC.15
Comments: For this mint, the corners are numbered using the Latin alphabet for observe and Roman numerals on the reverse. With the letter B on the right, Grueber only noted the reverse corner V. With the numbering V on the reverse, we find the letters K, N and S. Other combinations are certainly to be discovered. (This is one of them! New pair of dies unpublished ( L & XI ))
History: In 91 BC, Lucius Marcius Philippus and Sextus Julius were consuls. The tribune, Marcus Livius Drusus proposes to reform the electoral law in favor of the allies (citizen status).$2,000.00
Of the highest rarity and possibly one of finest specimen known. Struck in high relief on a large flan.
Helmeted head of Roma r.; behind, X. Rev. The Dioscuri galloping r.;
below, ROMA totally incuse on tablet. Sydenham 166. Crawford 45/1. We believe that, logically speaking, this denarius must be the first to have been struck. It is reasonable to assume that this new issue would start with a totally incuse legend, moving to a partially incuse one, before settling on a legend in relief. Our assumption is corroborated by two features: the style and the flan diameter of the very few specimens known, among which this is by far the best.
The rare fully incuse ROMA issue is often confused with the relatively common semi-incuse denarius.