Roman Republican Moneyers and Their Coins 81 BCE - 64 BCE
From the author of Roman Republican Moneyers and Their Coins 63 BC - 49 BC. This new book covers the thirty-four moneyers who minted between 81 and 64 BCE. Michael Harlan describes the fascinating details of historical events and the social context of the period, the moneyers' family histories, and how all these influenced the coin types.
BK59785. Roman Republican Moneyers and Their Coins 81 BCE - 64 BCE by Michael Harlan, reverse FORVM Roman Republic C. Licinius L.f. Macer 84 B.C. Silver Denarius; 240 pages with 144 enlarged illustrations, 2012; NEW!; $24.95 (€18.71)
Pontus(?), Roman Quaestor (Lucius Lucullus?), 100 - 50 B.C.
The Q identifies the bare male head as a Roman Quaestor. This letter is not noted in RPC but is visible here and clear on another example known to Forum. Perhaps the image is of Lucius Lucullus, an important Quaestor of Sulla, about whom Plutarch wrote. The reverselegend, the Latin FETIA, refers to the fetial ceremony, part of the treaty making process, during which a pig was sacrificed to sanctify the oaths.
SH66800. Brass AE 20, RPC I 2156, SNG Leypold I p. 24, 69, F, cleaning scratches, weight 7.222 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain Pontus(?) mint, c. 80 B.C.(?); obverse bare male head right, Q below; reverse two standing figures holding a pig between them, each with a hand raised, taking an oath of fealty, FETIA in exergue; rare; $800.00 (€600.00)
Roman Republic, C. Poblicius Q.f., 80 B.C.
The control letters on this type are invariably the same on the obverse and reverse and several pairs of dies exist for each letter. -- Roman Republican Coinage by Michael H. Crawford
RR64498. Silver denariusserratus, SRCV I 308, Sydenham 768, Crawford 380/1, RSC IPoblicia 9, VF, weight 3.983 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 270o, Rome mint, 80 B.C.; obverseROMA, bust of Roma right, draped, wearing Phrygian helmet with side-feathers, C (control letter) above; reverse C·POBLICI·Q·F, Hercules naked standing left, strangling the Nemean lion, club at feet, C (control letter, off flan) above bow with arrows in case left; $240.00 (€180.00) ON RESERVE
Roman Macedonia, "Thasian" Type, c. 148 - 80 B.C.
This Dionysos / Heraklestype was first struck by Thasos itself on the island and in its continental territories in the South of the Balkans, c. 168 - 148 B.C. After Rome took control of the area, "Thasian" types were struck by Roman authorities, c. 148 - 80 B.C., mainly in Macedonia but also, perhaps, by mobile military mints on campaigns. Imitatives were also struck by at least several tribal groups (mainly Celtic or mixed enclaves) from as early as 120 - 100 B.C. to about 20 - 10 B.C.
SH65450. Silver tetradrachm, Prokopov Thasos, group XII, monogram 6, 700 (V AC3 / R 557); SNG Cop 1040 ff., VF, weight 16.667 g, maximum diameter 30.8 mm, die axis 0o, Roman provincial or military mint, c. 148 - 80 B.C.; obverse head of Dionysos right, wearing taenia and wreathed in ivy and grapes; reverse HPAKΛEOYΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ ΘAΣIΩN, Herakles standing half left, nude but for Nemean lion's skin on left arm, resting right hand on grounded club before him, left on hip, MH monogram inner left; $230.00 (€172.50)
Roman Republic, P. Plautius Hypsaeus, c. 60 B.C.
The Hypsaei claimed to trace their descent from Neptune and his daughter Leukonoe. This reversetype also appears to claim that the moneyer's ancestor captured Privernum in 329 B.C. We leave it to the reader to judge the validity of the first claim. As for the second, the victorious Consul at Privernum was C. Plautius Decianus, not C. Plautius Hypsaei.
Although Sydenham lists this type as very common, this is the first example of the type handled by Forum.
SH63667. Silver denarius, RSC IPlautia 11, Crawford 420/1, Sydenham 910, SRCV I 375, VF, banker's mark and graffiti on obverse, weight 3.906 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 135o, Rome mint, c. 60 B.C.; obverse P • YPSAE S C, head of Neptune left, trident behind; reverse Jupiter in quadriga left, CEPIT right, C • YPSAE • COS / PRIV in ex; $225.00 (€168.75)
Roman Republic, M. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus, 57 B.C., Ancient Counterfeit
RSC I notes the bust "may be that of Forutuna and the reverse a view of the tympanum of her celebrated temple at Praeneste."
SH60192. Fouree silver plated denarius, cf. Crawford 405/1b, RSC IPlaetoria 9a, Sydenham 800, BMCRR 3520 (official, Rome mint, silver, 57 B.C.), VF, edges chipped, rough, weight 2.518 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 225o, Illegal mint, obverse draped female bust left, uncertain control symbol behind; reverse M•PLAETORI (on base, PL and AE ligate), CEST S C (in ex), Anguipedic monster standing facing within ornate temple pediment; $215.00 (€161.25)
Roman Republic, L. Marcius Philippus, 56 B.C.
The Marciagens claimed descent from Ancus Marcius, the fourth king of Rome, who constructed the first aqueduct. The reverse honors the moneyer's ancestor, Q. Marcius Rex, who constructed the Aqua Marcia in 144 B.C. The lituus on the obverse may refer to the augurate of another ancestor, L. Marcius Philippus. This moneyer was the stepfather of Octavian.
SH64002. Silver denarius, SRCV I 382, Sydenham 919, Crawford 425/1, RSC IMarcia 28, VF, weight 3.518 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 135o, Rome mint, 56 B.C.; obverse diademed head of KingAncus Marcius right, lituus behind, ANCVS below; reverseequestrian statue of Q, Marcius Rex above the aqueduct, Aqua Marcia, flower below horse, AQVA MAR· (MAR in monogram) within the arches of the aqueduct, PHILIPPVS on left; $200.00 (€150.00)
Roman Republic, C. Vibius C.F. Pansa, 90 B.C.
RR59575. Copper as, Crawford 342/7d; Sydenham 690b; SRCV I 744, F, weight 7.587 g, maximum diameter 26.3 mm, die axis 270o, Rome mint, 90 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Janus, I above; reverseROMA, three galley prows right, C VIBI AV (AV ligate) in exergue, I right; $180.00 (€135.00)
Roman Republic, L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi, 90 B.C.
LuciusCalpurnius Piso Frugi's massive issue was intended to support the war against the Marsic Confederation. The type has numerous variations and control marks.
RR63096. Silver denarius, RSC ICalpurnia 11, Crawford 340/1, SRCV 235, VF, toned, weight 3.761 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, 90 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right, uncertain control symbol behind; reverse naked horseman galloping right holding palm, L PISO FRVGI below, control number LXIIII above; $180.00 (€135.00)
Roman Republic, L. Rubrius Dossenus, 87 B.C.
One of three types issued by the moneyer, each type depicts one of the three chief deities of the capital, Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. The empty triumphal chariot on the reverse probably reflects hope for triumph in the fight against Marius and his followers. -- Roman Republican Coinage by Michael H. Crawford
RR67912. Silver denarius, SRCV I 258, Sydenham 705, Crawford 348/1, RSC IRubria 1, gVF, flip double strike, weight 3.854 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 270o, Rome mint, 87 B.C.; obverse head of Jupiter right, scepter over shoulder, DOSSEN lower left; reverse triumphal quadriga right, thunderbolt on side-panel, small Victory on top holding wreath, L·RVBRI in exergue; $160.00 (€120.00) ON RESERVE
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