ROMAN REPUBLIC. L. Hostilius Saserna. 48 BC. AR Denarius

Ancient Coins - ROMAN REPUBLIC. L. Hostilius Saserna. 48 BC. AR Denarius
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ROMAN REPUBLIC. L. Hostilius Saserna. 48 BC. AR Denarius, 3.81g (). Bearded male head r.; behind, Gallic shield. Rev. L·HOSTIL[IVS] Naked Gallic warrior in fast biga driven r. by charioteer, holding whip; below horses, SASE[RN].

Pedigree: This coin is sold with an export license from the Republic of Italy

References: Babelon Hostilia 2. Sydenham 952. Sear Imperators 18. RBW 1569. Crawford 448/2a

Grade: Slightly off-center and with minor marks on obverse. Reverse is extremely sharp and complete aside from upper legend. EF

Price: $5,500


This coin is very desirable among collectors as the obverse displays the Gallic warrior Vercingetorix (or it is at least believed to be). Aside from a generation of us who grew up on Asterix and Obelix, Vercingetorix was a Gaulish king and chieftain who successfully stood up to Julius Caesar during the Gallic Wars. Unfortunately shortly after the initial success, Vercingetorix was defeated by the Romans and in order to save as many of his fellow soldiers as possible he surrendered to Caesar. For five long years Vercingetorix was made a slave and held captive by the Romans. He eventually was strangled to death in 46 BC at the command of Julius Caesar.

Vercingetorix is still considered a local hero in his native Auvergne, France.

Precio SKU: rr1156
US$ 5,500.00
  • € 4,654.10
  • £ 4,206.40
  • AUD 7,634.55
  • CHF 5,028.65
  • CAD 7,339.75

Cotización al: 08/08/20

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