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Classical Numismatic Group > Electronic Auction 272Auction date: 25 January 2012
Lot number: 323

Lot description:
Roman Republican

L. Sulla and L. Manlius Torquatus. 82 BC. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.88 g, 3h). Rome mint. Helmeted head of Roma right / Sulla driving triumphal quadriga right, crowned by Victory flying left. Crawford 367/5; Sydenham 757a; Manlia 5. VF, toned, scratches and punch marks on obverse.

As consul for the year 88 BC, Sulla was awarded the coveted assignment of suppressing the revolt of Mithradates VI of Pontus, but political maneuvers resulted in this assignment being transferred to Marius. In response, Sulla turned his army on Rome, captured it, and reclaimed his command against Mithradates. His prosecution of the first Mithradatic War was successful, but he spared the Pontic king for personal gain. In 83 BC, Sulla returned to Italy as an outlaw, but he was able to win the support of many of the leading Romans. Within a year he fought his way to Rome, where he was elected dictator. It was during this campaign to Rome that this denarius was struck. The obverse type represents Sulla's claim to be acting in Rome's best interest. The reverse shows Sulla enjoying the highest honor to which a Roman could aspire, the celebration of a triumph at Rome.

Estimate: $100