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Roman Republic, 99 - 50 B.C.


Roman Republican Moneyers and Their Coins 81 BCE - 64 BCE
Click for a larger photo 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.
BC59785. 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)

Roman Republic, Q. Pomponius Musa, 66 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Many of the Roman moneyers had a solid sense of humor and word play with homonyms was very popular. Pomponius Musa, playing on his name, issued ten types each depicting Hercules Musagetes (Conductor of the Muses) or one of nine different Muses, creating one of the most interesting and sought after series of the Republican coinage. This coin depicts Clio, the Muse of History.
SH90301. Silver denarius, RSC I Pomponia 11, SRCV I 353, Sydenham 813, Crawford 410/3, gF, banker's marks, weight 3.585 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, 66 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right, scroll tied with cord behind; reverse MVSA on left, Q POMPONI on right, Clio, Muse of History standing left, reading from open scroll which she holds in both hands, left elbow rests on column; ex CNG auction 233 (26 April 2010), lot 315; $550.00 (€412.50)

Pontus (Amisos?), Roman Quaestor (Lucius Lucullus?), c. 100 - 50 B.C.
Click for a larger photo 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 other examples known to Forum. Perhaps the image is of Lucius Lucullus, an important Quaestor of Sulla, about whom Plutarch wrote. The reverse legend, the Latin FETIA, refers to the fetial ceremony, part of the treaty making process, during which a pig was sacrificed to sanctify the oaths. The mint location is unknown but Imhoof-Blumer placed it at Amisus, where Leypold acquired his specimen.
SH71045. Brass AE 20, RPC I 2156, SNG Leypold I p. 24, 69; Imhoof-Blumer GRMK 281, VF/F, weight 6.826 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 0o, Pontus (Amisos?) mint, c. 80 B.C.(?); obverse bare male head right, Q (quaestor) below; reverse two men standing, holding a pig between them, each with a hand raised, taking an oath of fealty, FETIA in exergue; rare; $480.00 (€360.00)

Pontus(?), Roman Quaestor (Lucius Lucullus?), 100 - 50 B.C.
Click for a larger photo 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 reverse legend, 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; $450.00 (€337.50)

Roman Republic, A. Postumius A.f. S.n. Albinus, 81 B.C.
Click for a larger photo In 81 B.C. Sulla was appointed dictator and reformed the constitution. He ordered Julius Caesar to divorce his wife, but Caesar refused and fled to Asia and joined in the campaign against Mithridates.
RR72071. Silver denarius serratus, SRCV I 296, Crawford 372/1, Sydenham 745, RSC I Postumia 7, aEF, toned, nice style, perfect centering, a little earthen encrustation, weight 3.985 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 315o, Rome mint, 81 B.C.; obverse draped bust of Diana right, bow and quiver over shoulder, bucranium above; reverse A POST A F S N ALBIN, togate figure standing left before flaming altar, holding sprinkler over sacrificial bull, all on stone platform; $400.00 (€300.00)

Roman Republic, L. Procilius L.f., 80 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Sospita was a surname of Juno in Latium, Her most famous temple was at Lanuvium. She also had a two temples at Rome. Her statue, as described by Cicero, was covered with a goat skin. This statue may be the one now at the Vatican. Her attribute is the serpent, which inhabited a grotto near her temple, and was fed annually by a young girl, who, if a virgin, escaped unharmed, but if not was destroyed.
RR68924. Silver denarius serratus, SRCV I 307, Sydenham 772, Crawford 379/2, RSC I Procilia 2, gVF, weight 3.868 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 180o, Italian mint, 80 B.C.; obverse head of Juno Sospita clad in goat skin right, S C (senatus consulto - authorized by special decree of the Senate) behind; reverse Juno Sospita in a biga right, brandishing spear and holding shield, snake below, L.PROCILI.F in ex; $250.00 (€187.50)

Roman Republic, A. Postumius A.f. S.n. Albinus, 81 B.C.
Click for a larger photo In 81 B.C. Sulla was appointed dictator and reformed the constitution. He ordered Julius Caesar to divorce his wife, but Caesar refused and fled to Asia and joined in the campaign against Mithridates.
RR71585. Silver denarius serratus, SRCV I 296, Crawford 372/1, Sydenham 745, RSC I Postumia 7, VF, centered, toned, scratch on cheek, corrosion on reverse, weight 3.746 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, 81 B.C.; obverse draped bust of Diana right, bow and quiver over shoulder, bucranium above; reverse A POST A F S N ALBIN, togate figure standing left before flaming altar, holding sprinkler over sacrificial bull, all on stone platform; $175.00 (€131.25)

Roman Republic, C. Vibius C.F. Pansa, 90 B.C.
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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; reverse ROMA, three galley prows right, C VIBI AV (AV ligate) in exergue, I right; $160.00 (€120.00)

Roman Republic, C. Vibius C.F. Pansa, 90 B.C.
Click for a larger photo This type is engraved with significant variation in style. Apollo on the obverse of this coin is the medium-sized head with hair in a knot behind.
RR59080. Silver denarius, RSC I Vibia 2d, Sydenham 684, Crawford 342/5b, SRCV I 242, VF, weight 3.838 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, c. 90 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right, PANSA behind, uncertain object (control symbol) below chin; reverse Minerva in a quadriga right, trophy over shoulder in right, spear and reins in left, C•VIBIVS•C•F• in exergue; $155.00 (€116.25)

Roman Republic, T. Cloulius (or Cloelius), 98 B.C.
Click for a larger photo The reverse refers to Marius' victories over the Teutones and Ambrones at Aquae Sextiae in 102 B.C. and the Cimbri at Vercellae in 101 B.C. Cloelius, a Marian faction partisan, struck as quaestor. Crawford believes this issue financed settlement of Marius' veterans, partly in Cisalpine Gaul. -- Roman Republican Coinage by Michael H. Crawford
RR66896. Silver quinarius, Sydenham 586b, Crawford 332/1c, RSC I Cloulia 2b, BMCRR Rome 1112 var (•R• ), SRCV I 212, aVF, rough, weight 1.488 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, 98 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Jupiter right, pellet over R· (control symbol) before neck; reverse Victory right palm in left over shoulder, crowning trophy with wreath in right, seated Gaulish captive at base of trophy, T·CLOVLI (VL ligate) downward in center, Q in ex; $150.00 (€112.50)



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Roman Republic Coins of 99-50 B.C.