Coins 233 L. Papius. AR Denarius serratus, 79 BC. D/ Head of Juno Sospita right, wearing goat's skin; behind, arrow. Bead-and-reel border. R/ Gryphon leaping right; below, club; in exergue, L. PAPI. Cr. 384/1 (control marks 160). B.1; Banti 1/175. AR. g. 3.96 mm. 20.00 Great metal, full weight and broad flan. A superb example, enchanting iridescent tone with underlying luster and reddish hues. Gouge on reverse, otherwise about FDC/FDC. The gouge across the reverse surface is an "adjustament al marco" before striking (cf. Clive Stannard, Metallurgy in Numismatics III, RSN n. 24, 1993, pp. 45-70).

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