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.
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)
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 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 (O 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, C. Vibius C.f. Pansa, 90 B.C.
In 90 BC, the Social War continued. Corfinium in south-central Italy was the center of the rebellion against Rome. The Etruscans and all Italians who did not oppose Rome during the Social War were granted Roman citizenship.
SH69337. Copper as, Crawford 342/7b; Sydenham 690; BMCRR 2312, SRCV I 744, VF, very nice for the type, uneven strike, weight 9.835 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 135o, Rome mint, 90 B.C.; obverse laureate bearded head of Janus; reverse three galley prows right, palm frond on prows, ROMA above, caps of the dioscuri with stars above right, [C PAN]SA (or similar) below; from the Andrew McCabe Collection; $225.00 (€168.75)
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, L. Titurius L.f. Sabinus, 89 B.C.
This moneyer traced his descent from the Sabines and perhaps from KingTatius himself. -- Roman Silver Coins edited by David R. Sear and Robert Loosley
RR66260. Silver denarius, SRCV I 253, Sydenham 700, Crawford 344/3, RSC ITituria 6, VF, mounted in bezel, weight 6.197 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 315o, Rome mint, 89 B.C.; obverseBare head of KingTatius right, SABIN behind; reverseVictory in a biga holding wreath in right hand and reins in left, TITVRI below horses, caduceus right (control symbol) in exergue; $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, D. Junius L.f. Silanus, 91 B.C.
Unusual type missing both the usual mark of value (I) and ROMA on the reverse.
In 91 B.C., the tribune Marcus Livius Drusus proposed extending Roman citizenship to allied Italian cities. He was assassinated leading to the Social War.
RR69334. Copper as, SRCV I 738, Sydenham 649, Crawford 337/5, BMCRR Rome 1853, VF, weight 23.050 g, maximum diameter 32.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 91 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Janus, I (mark of value) above; reverse galley prow right, D SILANVS L F above; $160.00 (€120.00)
Roman Republic, C. Vibius C.F. Pansa, 90 B.C.
This type is engraved with significant variation in style. Apollo on the obverse of this coin is the larger-sized head with long scattered locks of hair.
RR64071. Silver denarius, RSC IVibia 2, Sydenham 684, Crawford 342/5b, SRCV I 242, VF, weight 17.89 3.809 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 90 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right, PANSA behind, uncertain control symbol below chin; reverseMinerva in a quadriga right, trophy over shoulder in right, spear and reins in left, C•VIBIVS•C•F• in exergue; $155.00 (€116.25)
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