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Roman Republic 150 - 100 B.C.

Roman Republic, L. Furius Philus, c. 189 - 180 B.C.

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In 188 B.C., through the Treaty of Apamea, the Seleucid king, Antiochus III, surrendered all his Greek and Anatolian possessions as far east as the Taurus Mountains. Rome had become master of the eastern Mediterranean. Continuing quarrels among the Greek cities and leagues increases the conviction in Rome that there will be no peace in Greece until Rome takes full control.
RR65633. Bronze as, Russo RBW 641 (same obverse die), Crawford 144/1, Sydenham 300, Babelon Furia 1, BMCRR I Rome 540, SRCV I 677, aF, weight 23.822 g, maximum diameter 31.2 mm, die axis 45o, uncertain mint, c. 169 - 80 B.C.; obverse laureate head of bearded Janus, I (mark of value) above; reverse prow right, Victory flying right holding wreath and LFP monogram (obscured) above, I (mark of value) before, ROMA below; rare; $135.00 (118.80)


Roman Republic, Anonymous, c. 135 - 100 B.C.

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RR72284. Copper quadrans, McCabe Anonymous group L1.Qd.1, BMCRR I Rome 1196, F, weight 1.878 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, die axis 135o, Rome mint, c. 135 - 100 B.C.; obverse head of Hercules right, wearing Nemean Lion scalp headdress, three pellets behind; reverse prow of galley right, three pellets before, ROMA below; $110.00 (96.80)


Roman Republic, C. Minucius Augurinus, c. 135 B.C.

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In 135 B.C., the First Servile War began. After the Second Punic war, an over-abundance of slaves caused them to be ill-fed by their masters, and they soon began to provide for themselves by robbery. Several decades of increasing tension finally broke out into war. The rebel leader was Eunus, a slave whose master had hired him out as a magician for parties. Eunus would humorously tell his audiences that he was a prophet, that someday he would be king, the classes would be reversed, and aristocrats would killed or enslaved - except for those that tipped him for the show. During the revolt he did spare the lives of at least some aristocrats who had tipped him. The war lasted until 132 B.C. Eunus was captured, but he died before he could be punished. This was the first of three slave revolts against the Roman Republic; the last and the most famous was led by Spartacus.
RR66996. Bronze semis, SRCV I 869, Sydenham 464, Crawford 242/2, BMCRR 955, aF, rough, weight 8.377 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, c. 135 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Saturn right, S (mark of value) behind; reverse prow of galley right, CAVG above, S (mark of value) on right, ROMA below; $90.00 (79.20)


Roman Republic, Q. Curtius and M. Junius Silanus, 116 or 115 B.C.

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In 116 B.C., Gaius Marius was narrowly elected as praetor for the following year and then promptly accused of ambitus (electoral corruption). He barely won acquittal on the charge. In 115 B.C., he spent an uneventful year as praetor in Rome.
RR72976. Silver denarius, SRCV I 162, Crawford 285/2, Sydenham 537, RSC I Curtia 2, F, toned, weight 3.383 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 116 or 115 B.C.; obverse head of Roma right in winged helmet, X behind, QCVRT before; reverse Jupiter in a quadriga right, hurling thunderbolt with right, scepter in left, horses rearing, M SILA (LA ligate) below, ROMA in exergue; $90.00 (79.20)


Roman Republic, M. Sergius Silus, 116 - 115 B.C.

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The reverse depicts the moneyer's grandfather, M. Sergius Silus, who during the Punic War suffered 23 wounds and lost his right arm but continued to fight. He holds his sword and a severed Gallic head in his left hand.

EX S C indicates the issuer struck this coinage as quaestor by special decree of the Senate. Questors were the immediate superiors of the moneyers and occasionally struck coins under their own authority.
RR76537. Silver denarius, RSC I Sergia 1, Sydenham 544, Crawford 286/1, SRCV I 163, F, dark toning, weight 3.797 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 116 - 115 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Roma right, EXS C before, ROMA and X (XVI ligate) behind; reverse helmeted horseman galloping left, holding sword and severed Gallic head in left hand, Q below horse's forelegs, M SERGI below, SILVS in exergue; $85.00 (74.80)







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REFERENCES

Babelon, E. Monnaies de la Republique Romaine. (Paris, 1885).
Banti, A. & L. Simonetti. Corpus Nummorum Romanorum. (Florence, 1972-1979).
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Sydenham, E. The Coinage of the Roman Republic. (London, 1952).

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Roman Republic Coins of 150-100 B.C.