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81/A1 SEX IVLI Janus Prow As - not in Crawford, see notes for provenance of all known examples | by Ahala
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81/A1 SEX IVLI Janus Prow As - not in Crawford, see notes for provenance of all known examples

081-A1 SEX IVLI Janus Prow As. Obverse: head of Janus, SEX above. Reverse: prow right, ROMA below, I before, IVLI above. Uncertain mint. 29.76 grams. Extremely rare. Placed by Russo beside the Cn.Co series Crawford 81 for stylistic reasons. This coin is discussed in a wider context of newly published Republican bronzes on


This coin is of Spanish origin, as are two of the other five piece which are in the Museo Arqueologico Nacional, Madrid (33.78 and 29.26 g). The remaining three specimens are those originally published by Lederer, in Bern, the Goodman collection Triton 1 lot 915, and finally the NAC piece cited by Russo in Essays Hersh. Either the Goodman or NAC piece may be the same cited as "private collection" on:


That at least three of the six known specimens of the As are Spanish, is of interest.


Roman Republican Coinage, Michael H. Crawford Volume I, Appendix, Modern Forgeries p 550, note 72. "The as of Sex. Iulius published by P. Lederer, SNR 1942, 9 is patently a piece altered in modern times now in Bern."


Numismatica Ars Classica Zurich, Auction 7, 1st & 2nd March 1994. Lot 532 p. 53. Claimed to be"The third known specimen."."Claimed by Crawford to be non-existent, RRC p. 50 note 72, on the basis of the Lederer specimen, "patently a piece altered in modern times", the reality of the issue is clearly demonstrated by our coin, of irreproachable authenticity, and by another in private hands." (Estimate 3000 Swiss Francs - don't know what it went for).


Coins of Macedonia and Rome, Essays in honour of Charles Hersh, Ed. Andrew Burnett, Ute Wartenberg and Richard Witschonke. Unpublished Roman Republican bronze coins, R. Russo, pp. 139-150. Discussed on pp. 148-149. "The specimen of this as, published by P. Lederer and now in Bern, was judged by Crawford to be "a piece altered in modern times" (RRC p. 550 n. 72). Its existence has, however, been demonstrated by two examples in the Museo Arqueologico Nacional, Madrid (33.78 and 29.26 g) and now also confirmed by the discovery of this example. Its obverse die is the same as that of Lederer's coin; the reverse may be the same." The piece discussed and illustrated in Hersh (pl. 21, 90) is the same piece as the NAC auction.


I'm grateful to the owner for allowing me to photograph the above-shown coin, and for contributing most of the citations list above.

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Taken on December 23, 2009