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Lot 0017E
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Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. Made from bone, probably that of a cow or other type of livestock, these are two charming six-sided gaming dice. Each face is inscribed with concentric circles to form numbers. Rolling dice - casting lots - were used to settle disputes, apportion goods impartially, gamble, and pass the time with games. Dice gambling was forbidden in the streets of Rome for actual coinage; to avoid fines, Roman soldiers invented gambling chips. Size of each: 0.2" L x 0.2" W x 0.2" H (0.5 cm x 0.5 cm x 0.5 cm)

Provenance: acquired from Herakles Numismatics, Huntersville, North Carolina, USA

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Light wear/surface scratching from age and handling.

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Pair of Roman Imperial Bone Dice

Auction ended on Thu, Feb 1, 2018
Estimate $300 - $450
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