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Lot # 129 - Auction is closed.Estimate: US$7000 / Price Realized: US$6000
L. Aemilius Buca. Plated Denarius
L. Aemilius Buca. Plated Denarius, 3.93g. (1h). Rome, 44 BC. Obv: Head of Venus right, L BVCA behind. Rx: 'Sulla's Dream': Sulla reclining on rock, Selene descending from mountain, Victory in background. Crawford 480/1. Sydenham 1064 (R7). RSC Aemilia 12. Sear Imperators 164. From the same obverse die as Alfoldi, Caesar in 44 v. Chr., pl. III, 11. About EF. Core exposed in places.

The dies are unquestionably official; the coin exhibits none of the softness and loss of detail typical of a forger's transfer die. It is perhaps best explained as the "after hours" production of workers in the mint of Rome. An unusually complete and appealing example of this rare and popular type.
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