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NGC Slabbed Silver Republican Denarius - L. Papius

Roman Republic, L. Papius., Rome, ca. 79 BCE. OBVERSE: Head of Juno Sospita right, wearing goat's skin headdress; behind, amphora. REVERSE: L PAPI in exergue, griffin springing right; below, hydria. Crawford 384/1. Size: 3.95 grams, 19 mm.

The obverse side of this denarius depicts Juno as "Sospita" or the savior; she is the goddess that defends and protects the Romans. On the reverse side of this coin is depicted a griffin, a legendary creature with the body and back legs of a lion, the head and wings of an eagle. Griffins are commonly depicted as the protectors of item of great value and importance.

For similar example see Ira and Larry Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, Auction 98, lot 2199, sold for $800 on 6/6/17.

Condition: Choice VF and slabbed by NGC, CH AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5.

Provenance: private Healy collection, Studio City, California, USA, acquired over the last twenty years

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