The sale of the Paul Balla Collection of Roman silver denarii constituted part of Heritage Auctions’ monthly Internet sales in June. The 303 lots sold made a total of $63,371 or just over $200 apiece.
These prices realized were ruled by “the noblest Roman of them all.” A well-centered, 3.61 g silver denarius of Julius Caesar, as Dictator (c. 44 B.C.E.) took $4,465 in Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Choice VF 4/5 - 3/5.
As Heritage’s cataloger points out this coin was the first in two centuries to show the portrait of a Roman ruler. That right to do so had been granted Caesar in February 44 B.C.E. by the Roman Senate at the same time as they proclaimed him Dictator For Life. - as shown by the obverse legend DICT PERPETVO. He was assassinated March 15.
And an issue from the short-lived 65-day reign of Didius Julianus (March-May 193 C.E.) went for $1,057. It came in a well-worn and battered VG state but is extremely rare.
Prices-realized can be found at the Heritage Auctions website: www.ha.com.
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