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Hi Everyone, How are ya? I'm good and I just got this Roman Imperatorial, Pompey Magnus d.48 BC posthumous issue silver denarius 42-40 BC of the Roman General and statesman and friend and then rival too Julius Caesar. Pompey the Great and more about him: Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus[a] (Latin: [#712;#331;nae#815;.#650;s p#596;m#712;p#603;jj#650;s #712;ma#331;n#650;s]; 29 September 106 BC - 28 September 48 BC), known by the anglicization Pompey the Great (/#712;p#594;mpi#720;/), was a leading Roman general and statesman, whose career was significant in Rome's transformation from a republic to empire. He was for a time a political ally and later enemy of Julius Caesar. A member of the senatorial nobility, Pompey entered a military career while still young and rose to prominence serving the later dictator Sulla as a commander in Sulla's civil war, his success at which earned him the cognomen Magnus - "the Great" - after Pompey's boyhood hero Alexander the Great. His adversaries also gave him the nickname adulescentulus carnifex ("teenage butcher") for his ruthlessness. Pompey's success as a general while still young enabled him to advance directly to his first consulship without meeting the normal cursus honorum (requirements for office). He was consul three times and celebrated three Roman triumphs.

In 60 BC, Pompey joined Marcus Licinius Crassus and Gaius Julius Caesar in the unofficial military-political alliance known as the First Triumvirate, which Pompey's marriage to Caesar's daughter Julia helped secure. After Crassus and Julia's deaths, Pompey sided with the Optimates, the conservative faction of the Roman Senate. Pompey and Caesar then contended for the leadership of the Roman state, leading to a civil war. When in that war Pompey was defeated at the Battle of Pharsalus, in 48 BC, he sought refuge in Egypt, where he was assassinated. The info about this coin: Obverse: MAG PIVS IMP ITER / Head of Pompey the Great r. between augural symbols, pitcher and lituus

Reverse: PRAEF CLAS ETOR AE MARIT EX S C / Neptune standing l., foot on prow, between the Catanaean brothers with their parents on their shoulders

Weight: 2.3g

Diameter: 11mm

Mint: Sicily

Reference: Sear Imperators 334

Notes: Struck by Pompey the Great's son Sextus Pompey commemorating his appointment as the "Prefect of the Fleet and of the Sea Coasts by Decree of the Senate".
Info about Sextus Pompeius Magnus Pius (c. 67 - 35 BC), also known in English as Sextus Pompey, was a Roman military leader and politician who throughout his life upheld the cause of his father, Pompey the Great, against the dictator Julius Caesar and his supporters, during the last civil wars of the Roman Republic. He formed the last organized opposition to the Second Triumvirate, in defiance of which he succeeded in establishing an independent state in Sicily for several years. 48 BC - in Egypt with his father, who is assassinated
47/45 BC - resistance in Africa
45 BC - defeated in Munda
42 BC - controls Sicily with a powerful navy
39 BC - pact of Misenum with Octavianus and Antony
37 BC - defeats Octavian off Messina
36 BC
August, defeats Octavian
September, defeated by Agrippa off Naulochus (Sicily)
35 BC - captured and executed in Asia Minor (Miletus)

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 Posted 07/15/2020  09:16 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good write-up, Vaughan. Although chipped, the coin's main features show well. I see these are quite pricey in prime condition.
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Nice detail left on the portrait
Looking at the reverse maybe the coin was intentionally clipped?
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Looking at the reverse maybe the coin was intentionally clipped?

I had the same thought.
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 Posted 07/15/2020  2:24 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting coin and I agree it has been clipped. Excellent write-up
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