Baldwin's Auctions Ltd > Auction 105Auction date: 12 July 2022
Lot number: 16

Price realized: Unsold
Lot description:


Julius Caesar, AR Denarius, posthumous issue, Rome, L. Livineius Regulus, moneyer, 3.85g. Laureate head of Caesar right, olive branch behind, caduceus before. Rev. Bull leaping right. (Crawford 494/24; Sydenham 1106). Good Very Fine. Beautiful cabinet tone.

Starting price: 6500 GBP

Match 1:
Roma Numismatics Ltd > Auction XXVAuction date: 22 September 2022
Lot number: 794

Price realized: 5,500 GBP   (Approx. 6,196 USD / 6,312 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Divus Julius Caesar AR Denarius. Rome, 40 BC. Q. Voconius Vitulus, moneyer. Laureate head to right; DIVI•IVLI downwards before, lituus behind / Bull-calf walking to left; Q•VOCONIVS above, VITVLVS in exergue. Crawford 526/2; CRI 329; Sydenham 1132; BMCRR Rome 4308-10; RSC 46. 3.70g, 22mm, 2h.

Extremely Fine; banker's mark on obv., attractive old cabinet tone.

From the Vogelberg Collection (Switzerland), formed c. 1960-1985.

In 40 BC when this coin was struck, upon learning of the defeat of his brother Lucius and wife Fulvia in the Perusine War, Marc Antony set sail for Italy with a small army and two hundred ships which he had built in Asia. Arriving at Athens, Antony was met by his wife Fulvia and his mother Julia, who had taken refuge with Sextus and been sent by him with warships from Sicily. She was accompanied by some leading Pompeians whose aim was to bring Antony and Sextus into alliance against Octavian. Antony's response to the embassy was to offer alliance in case of war and reconciliation in case of peace, suggesting that Antony believed that a lasting partnership with Octavian was still possible. These new lines of communication with Sextus provided an avenue by which former supporters of the liberators could find their way back from exile; the most prominent of these was Ahenobarbus, who met Antony at sea with his whole army and fleet; this combined force moved together to Brundisium, but was refused entry to the harbour by Octavian's commander.

Despite initially laying siege to Brundisium, the triumvirs were able to negotiate a settlement that provided for a continued peace between them. The Treaty of Brundisium confirmed the de facto state of affairs, while further binding Octavian and Antony through the ill-fated marriage of Octavian's sister Octavia to Antony. Antony furthermore received legions for his planned invasion of Parthia and Octavian received warships to counter the ongoing threat posed by Sextus Pompey. This denarius depicts the now deified Caesar on the obverse with a lituus, an augur's staff representing his membership to the priestly college of augurs. Octavian's possession of the augurship was also made clear on an issue with his portrait struck by the same moneyer (CRI 330) emphasising his relationship to Caesar, a propaganda tool also employed by Marc Antony (see CRI 253-5, 257-8). It is well attested how Octavian capitalised tremendously on his posthumous adoption by Caesar; in truth he owed everything he eventually achieved to this twist of fate. Octavian used Caesar's reflected but undimmed prestige to legitimise himself and his ascent to power in the eyes of the Roman people and more importantly the legions, and thus the continuation of (often idealised) Caesar portrait issues at the Roman mint under Octavian's control is hardly surprising.

This denarius, struck by Q. Voconius Vitulus, a partisan of Octavian of whom nothing else is known, features a purely personal reverse type with a punning allusion to his cognomen which translates as cow or calf. It was to be one of the last within the long tradition of the college of moneyers stretching back almost two and a half centuries, for the institution was abolished by the Triumvirate and state coinage placed under the direct control of the either the eastern of western Triumvir.

Estimate: 7500 GBP

Match 2:
Roma Numismatics Ltd > Auction XXVAuction date: 22 September 2022
Lot number: 716

Price realized: 3,200 GBP   (Approx. 3,605 USD / 3,672 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Julius Caesar AR Denarius. Rome, 42 BC. L. Mussidius Longus, moneyer. Laureate head to right / L•MVSSIDIVS• LONGVS, cornucopiae on globe, between rudder on left and caduceus and apex on right. Crawford 494/39a; CRI 116; BMCRR Rome 4240; RSC 29. 3.81g, 20mm, 7h,

Extremely Fine; beautiful old cabinet tone. Previously NGC graded XF 4/5 - 5/5 (4241933-001).

From the Andrew McCabe Collection, collector's tickets included;
Ex Heritage World Coin Auctions, NYINC Signature Sale 3061, 8 January 2018, lot 29334.

Estimate: 3000 GBP

Match 3:
Spink > Auction 22108Auction date: 25 August 2022
Lot number: 3214

Price realized: 230 GBP   (Approx. 272 USD / 273 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Roman Republic AR Denarius, Julius Caesar, Posthumous Issue under Q. Voconius Vitulus, moneyer, Laureate head of Julius Caesar Right, , DIVI.IVLI downwards before, rev Bull Calf standing left, Q.VOCONIVS above, VITVLVS in exergue, 2.92g, (Crawford 526/2 ; CRI 329 ; Sydenham 1132 ; BMCRR Rome 4308-10 ; RSC 46.) porosity and pitting to surfaces, worn, Very rare, G/F .

Estimate: £300 - £500

Match 4:
Roma Numismatics Ltd > E-Sale 101Auction date: 13 October 2022
Lot number: 947

Price realized: This lot is for sale in an upcoming auction - Bid on this lot
Lot description:


Julius Caesar AR Denarius. Rome, 42 BC. L. Mussidius Longus, moneyer. Laureate head to right / [L•MVS]SIDIVS• LONGVS, cornucopiae on globe, between [rudder] on left and caduceus and apex on right. Crawford 494/39a; CRI 116; BMCRR Rome 4240; RSC 29. 3.54g, 18mm, 3h.

Good Very Fine; edge chip, rev. struck off centre.

From a private French collection.

Estimate: 350 GBP

Match 5:
Roma Numismatics Ltd > E-Sale 98Auction date: 16 June 2022
Lot number: 1129

Price realized: 800 GBP   (Approx. 965 USD / 927 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Julius Caesar AR Denarius. Rome, 42 BC. L. Mussidius Longus, moneyer. Laureate head to right / L•MVSSIDIVS• LONGV[S], cornucopiae on globe, between rudder on left and caduceus and apex on right. Crawford 494/39a; CRI 116; BMCRR Rome 4240; RSC 29. 3.77g, 19mm, 1h.

Very Fine.

From the inventory of a German dealer.

Estimate: 600 GBP