L. Sulla / L. Manlius denarius

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  1. Fugio1

    Fugio1 Supporter! Supporter

    As the coins purchased over the last few months finally arrive, my favorite of all of these came a few days ago. This is one of the two denarius issues struck under Sulla and having his name on the coin. This was by far, the largest of those two issues.
    367:5 L Sulla- L Manius.jpg
    Obv: Bust of Roma R.; PRO.Q behind; L.MANLI in front.
    Rev: Sulla in quadriga being crowned by victory above. L.SVLLA.IM[P] in exergue.
    RRC 367/5
    4.00 gm.

    Early references suggest these coins were produced during Sulla's eastern campaigns c. 82 BC. Crawford in his paper on the coinages of Sulla, The Numismatic Chronicle and Journal of the Royal Numismatic Society Seventh Series, Vol. 4 (1964), suggests that this and the other first issue with his name, were not struck in the east but in Italy. Predominance of finds with this issue are those in Italy, notably Capranica (RRCH 253) and SANTA DOMENICA DI TROPEA (RRCH 256). These coins were probably produced shortly after Sulla landed in Brundisium from the east en route to his second march on Rome.

    Struck from relatively new dies on both obverse and reverse, with iridescent toning patterns in the interstices, the coin is really beautiful in hand.
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  3. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ..o wow!...i've been eye ballin' these types for a while now...nice coin!..:)
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  4. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Awesome Denarius, @Fugio1 . Nice find, congrats.

    Mine is not that purdy, but has most of the design elements:

    Roman Republic
    L. Manlius Torquatus and L. Cornelius Sulla.
    82 BCE AR denarius (17 mm, 3.72 g, 12 h).
    Military mint moving with Sulla.
    Obv: L · MANLI before, PR[O · Q] behind, helmeted head of Roma right /
    Rev: L · SVLLA · IM in exergue, Sulla, togate, driving triumphal quadriga right, holding branch and reins; above, Victory flying left, crowning Sulla with wreath.
    Ref: Crawford 367/3; Sydenham 759; Manlia 7.
    Seller Comments: Nicely toned, light rub on cheek. Very fine.
    Ex: Triskeles
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  5. El Cazador

    El Cazador Active Member

    Denarius & Brockage of Sulla F376B154-C230-4777-BA5D-060221C77C16.jpeg 8805A33F-FA49-4E0D-A2D0-3817DE5B70AA.jpeg
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  6. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: Helmeted head of Roma right, L MANLI PROQ
    REVERSE: Triumphator in quadriga right, crowned by Victory, L SVLLA IMP in ex.
    Rome 82 BC
    3.9g, 17mm
    Cr367/5; Cornelia39
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  7. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    A stunning coin, I like it very much, congrats.
  8. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Beautiful coin, with fantastic eye appeal.
  9. Fugio1

    Fugio1 Supporter! Supporter

    @Alegandron, reverse centering is very similar to my example. I wanted one with Sulla fully on flan. That the right horse head is missing is not an issue with me.

    Wow. The reverse has everything!
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  10. Sulla80

    Sulla80 one coin at a time Supporter

    It looks pretty amazing in photos too!
    Sulla Torquatus.jpg

    L. Manlius Torquatus, 82 BC, AR Denarius
    Obv: Helmeted head of Roma right, L. MANLI before, PRO.Q behind
    Rev: Sulla, being crowned by Victory, in quadriga right; L. SVLLA. IM[P] in exergue
    Ref: Crawford 367/5
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  11. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Agreed! I wanted SULLA in the picture, and was fine to part with 1 Horse-power!
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  12. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Supporter! Supporter

    Oh yes.. Sulla on any coin is a treasure. I hope someday I will own one..
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  13. Herodotus

    Herodotus Well-Known Member

    Believed to be his Grandpappy. A little long in the tooth too...

    Pub. Sulla, Rome, 151 BC. AR Denarius (16mm, 3.53g)
    O: Helmeted head of Roma right, X behind.
    R: Victory, holding wreath and reins, driving galloping biga right, P. S(VL)A below, ROMA in exergue.
    Crawford 205/1; RBW 879; RSC Cornelia 1
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  14. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    How about an ANTI-Sulla!

    Marsic Confederation
    denarius 89 BCE
    Head of Italia-
    Italia seated shields victory
    Corfinium mint Oscan retro B
    105 HN Italy 412a Sear 228 R
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  15. Carausius

    Carausius Brother, can you spare a sestertius?

    My Sulla with rainbow toning makes a nice bookend to @Fugio1 lovely toned coin:


    Rome, The Republic.
    L. Cornelius Sulla, 84-83 BCE.
    AR Denarius (3.88g; 21mm).
    Military Mint.

    Obverse: L·SVLLA; diademed head of Venus facing right; before, Cupid holding palm to left.

    Reverse: IMPER – ITERV; two trophies with jug and lituus between them.

    References: Crawford 359/2; Sydenham 761a; BMCRR East 3; Cornelia 30.
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  16. Fugio1

    Fugio1 Supporter! Supporter

    You have the more scarce denarius issue of Sulla. On my want list, but will be hard pressed to find one so nice. Really fantastic coin in all respects
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  17. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    SUPER coin! As a harder-to-find coin, the great devices, the toning, and a lot of other factors on several different levels. Congrats capturing that one!

    I covet.
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  18. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    OMG, fantastic OP coin !
    Now I'm jealous

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