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AR Q. Creperei M. F. Rocus Denarius serratus 72 B.C. (3.83 g.) O: Draped bust of Amphitrite seen from behind, with head turned r.; behind, dolphin. In r. field, D. Babelon Crepereia 1; Sydenham 796; RBW 1440; Crawford 399/1a (obv.24/rev.27). R: Neptune in biga of sea-horses r., holding reins and brandishing trident; above, D and below, Q Creperei/(ROCUS) G: Very rare. Struck on a very broad flan and with a light old cabinet tone, extremely fine Ex SKA Bern 3, 1985, 369 and NAC 73, 2013, Student and his Mentor part II, 125 sales. From the collection of Shaikh Saoud Al Thani. S: NAC 92, lot 328, 5/23/16

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This type is very interesting in that it copies a classical theme displayed on engraved gems of this period. See for example the carnelian in Vienna:


The waves around the bust don't correspond to a drapery or veil but to water, this is well illustrated on another small serie of similar gems but featuring a male deity seen from front: the representation is a swimming deity.

The identification is disputed: a nereid (Galene or Amphitrite), Selene (one gem features a moon crescent behind the bust), or even Venus? See Plantzos, Hellenistic engraved gems.

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