An exceptionally complete denarius of L. Hostilius Saserna
Lot 191
L. Hostilius Saserna, 48 BC. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.99 g, 5 h), Rome. Draped male bust (Vercingetorix?) with wild hair and long plaited beard to right; cloak around neck and Gallic shield behind. Rev. L•HOSTILIVS - SASERN Nude Gallic warrior, holding shield in his left hand and hurling spear with his right, standing left in a galloping biga being driven to right by a seated charioteer holding a whip. Babelon (Hostilia) 2. Crawford 448/2a. CRI 18. RBW 1569. Sydenham 952. Well centered, nicely toned and exceptionally complete, a splendid piece. A few light marks on the obverse, otherwise, good extremely fine.

The bust on the obverse of this issue has long been identified as that of Vercingetorix, the famous chief of the Arverni and Caesar's greatest foe in his conquest of Gaul. There is no clear evidence for this and the image most likely serves as a personification of the defeated Gaul in general, but the individuality of the portrait does suggest that it was modelled after a specific person. Vercingetorix, who was the most famous Celtic prisoner of war and who was incarcerated in Rome until his execution in 46 BC, seems the most likely candidate.
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