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Out-Bruting the Brutes

Roman republic, AR denarius, , Sergia 1 (116-15 BC).
Obv.: Roma helmeted head r., EX S C and ROMA * flanking
Rev.: One-armed rider riding l. waving sword and severed Celtic head, M. SERGI SILVS in exergue.
This remarkable coin flaunts the feats of an ancestor Sergius, who outdid the headhunting barbarians themselves with his wildman heroics; see Pliny the Elder, NH 7.104-06.
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Winners and Losers / Herculean Virtue / Ancient Britaines Depicted / Amazon en garde?

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