Riccio’s Tullius IMP cistophorus

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I was check a reference to the another image on this plate and this caught my eye.  I think its fascinating that the Cicero’s coins were known in Italy so early (1836).  But it’s odd that it’s labelled as a gold coin.  Perhaps an error?  Or could it be a copy in gold to fetch a higher price from a collector who knew no better? Mostly I love the idea that it might have been found in Italy and perhaps even brought back from Cilicia by Cicero himself as a souvenir.  …

More on type in an earlier post.

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