Ancient Roman Pugio Dagger - 50 AD

Ancient Coins - Ancient Roman Pugio Dagger - 50 AD
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A rare ancient Roman iron dagger, called a Pugio, dating to the first century AD.

The hilt with double lobed pommel, four-sided handle and thick crossbar. The typical blade curving inwards, then bulging slightly before terminating in a gentle point. A highly unusual feature is the punched inscription on the crossbar, which may be interpreted as:

7 PRIICONIS


(centuria) Preconis / the century of Preco

The pugio was the standard military sidearm of the Roman Empire. Though arms were stored collectively within a century, they belonged to the soldier individually. Thus inscriptions are sometimes found indicating the names of now forgotten soldiers.

 
Length: 14 3/4 inches

Condition: Restored from several sections with infill in places, where the iron has been lost. Generally good condition for a genuine Roman Iron pugio, of which there are many forgeries. Beautifully mounted.
 
Provenance: 

Ex. German private collection, acquired 1980’s
Ancient Coins - Ancient Roman Pugio Dagger - 50 AD
Ancient Coins - Ancient Roman Pugio Dagger - 50 AD
Ancient Coins - Ancient Roman Pugio Dagger - 50 AD
Ancient Coins - Ancient Roman Pugio Dagger - 50 AD
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Cotation au: 05/17/21

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