Sextus Pompey / Catanaean Brothers Denarius 40 BC

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Sextus Pompey Magnus, son of Pompey the Great

Obverse:  MAG PIVS IMP [ITER], Head of Pompey the Great right, lituus in r. field; capis in l. field.
Reverse:  CLAS.ET.[ORAE / MARIT.EX.S.C], Neptune l., foot on prow, between brothers Anapias and Amphinomus, carrying their parents on their shoulders.

Catanaean brothers (Amphinomos and Anapios) carried their parents to safety from Catania, Sicily, during an eruption of Mt. Etna, according to Roman myth. The reference to the Catanaean Brothers is a reference to the piety of Sextus Pompey to uphold the ideals of his late father, Pompey the Great. The image was done for open defiance of Octavian. Sextus was claiming there was only one pious hero, and that was him.

Diameter:  19 mm

Silver plated lead-free metal,  with finished patina, made in the USA.
Packaged in a coin collecting flip with the description of the coin printed on the flip insert.


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