Rare Roman Republic Silver Serratus Denarius L. Roscius Fabatus Rome Mint 59 BC VF+
Description: This is a good very fine Roman republic L. Roscius Fabatus Ca. 59 BC AR denarius serratus (3.73 gm and ~16.8 mm diameter) from the Rome mint. The obverse of the coin depicts the head of Juno Sospita clad in goat's skin headdress and facing right. There is a control symbol (modius) displayed behind the head and the legend L ROSCI below it. The reverse shows a maiden standing and facing right while feeding from her dress an erect serpent left and having a control symbol (modius with measure) behind her and the legend FABATI in exergue. The coin has an old scratch in the obverse right field. This is a great coin that is lightly toned and was relatively difficult to scan to show its beauty and hence the multiple scans. The coin looks much better than the scans suggest. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Circa. 59 BC.
Mint: Rome mint.
Size and Weight: Weighs ~3.73 grams and is ~16.8 mm diameter.
References: RCV 363; Crawford 412/1; Sydenham 915; Roscia 3.
Provenance: Ex Freeman & Sear Mail Bid Sale 15, June 27, 2008 Lot 275, ex Albert M. Potts Collection, ex Lepczyk Sale 50, 27November 1982 Lot 1262.
Condition: I would grade the coin as a good very fine with light toning and having all its details well preserved. The light toning made it a bit difficult to scan the coin and hence the multiple scans presented. The coin is much better than the scan suggest. It has one old scratch on the obverse within the right field starting under Juno's chin and extending to the edge. The coin also has some soiling within the image on the obverse. Other than that the has typical wear commensurate with its age and circulated state. This is a beautiful and definitely a nice quality coin with very nice eye appeal worthy of a spot in your Roman Republic coin collection. Please see photo for additional condition information.
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