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C. Calpurnius Piso L.f. frugi denarius


AR C. Calpurnius Piso L.f. Frugi 67 B.C. (3.89g) Married Tullia, daughter of Cicero, Consul in 63 B.C. Quaestor in 58 B.C. The obverse of this type commemorates the role of the Calpurnius Piso family in the institution of the Ludi Apollinares in 212 B.C. at the height of Hannibal’s invasion of Italy in the 2nd Punic war. In 67 B.C. Pompey swiftly and decisively defeated the pirates in the Mediterranean. O: Apollo with fillet right, dolphin behind. Craw. 408/1b;Syd 851h. R: Horseman, palm branch. C PISO L F FRUGI, in ex., club. G: FDC S: Tkalec 4/22/07, lot 154

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Very Nice.


Tkalec has about a dozen fantasitc ones coming up in the Sept auction, but I think yours is at the top of the list.


The crisp portrait and the toning around the upper part of the portrait are beautiful.

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Thanks, M. I was glad to acquire this beauty. Its high relief, sharp strike, bas relief portrait, and relatively sharp reverse leave little room for improvement. The reverse could be better centered and maybe a hair sharper, but perfect coins rarely come along. The toning is better than the pic, but isn't that almost always the case? I enjoy the beauty of the iridescence of toning silver and this coin has it all. -c
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