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 (€19.21)
Roman Republic, Cn. Cornelius Lentulus, 76 - 75 B.C.
This coin expresses the belief of the Roman people in their destiny to dominate the land and sea as caput rerum, the head of the world. In his new book, Roman Republican Moneyers and Their Coins 81 BCE - 64 BCE, Michael Harlan writes, "It was a goal still to be achieved in 74, but expounded with the same degree of faith as was the believe that it was America's manifest destiny to spread from ocean to ocean."
CVR X FL is the abbreviation for "Curator denariorum flandorum" meaning "Curator of the casting of denarii."
SH58561. Silver denarius, SRCV I 324, BMCRR 57, Crawford 393/1b, Sydenham 752a, EF, light toning over luster, weight 3.918 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 180o, Spanish mint, 76 - 75 B.C.; obverse G•P•R•, diademed bust of Genius of the Roman People right, scepter across shoulder; reverseEX S C, wreathed scepter, globe and rudder, LENT CVR X FL below; ex Forum (2006); $300.00 (€231.00)
Roman Republic, L. Cassius Longinus, c. 63 B.C.
The reverse commemorates the voting for the Lex Cassia Tabellaria in 137 B.C. To vote on a law, Roman ballots were marked V for uti rogas, meaning "as you ask," or the negative A for antiquo, meaning "maintain things as they are." For judicial votes, the ballots were marked L for libero or D for damno. The obverse control letters come only from the moneyer's praenomen and nomen, L CASSI (one S reversed).
RR63455. Silver denarius, Crawford 413/1; Sydenham 935; RSC ICassia 10; SRCV I 364, VF, dark toning, weight 3.950 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 135o, Rome mint, c. 63 B.C.; obverse veiled bust of Vesta left, kylix behind, control letter before (off flan); reverse LONGIN III V, Male figure left, dropping tablet inscribed V into a cista; $275.00 (€211.75)
Roman Republic, Q. Pomponius Musa, 66 B.C.
Many of the Roman moneyers had a good sense of humor and word play with homonyms was very popular. Pomponius Musa, playing on his name, issued coins depicting nine different Muses, creating one of the most interesting and sought after series of the Republican coinage. This coin depicts Calliope, the Muse of Epic Poetry.
SH56076. Silver denarius, Crawford 410/2b, RSC IPomponia 10, Sydenham 812, F, weight 3.362 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 66 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right, lyre-key behind; reverse MVSA on right, Q POMPONI on left, Calliope, Muse of Epic Poetry, standing right, playing lyre resting on column to right; $240.00 (€184.80)
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; $240.00 (€184.80)
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 (€184.80)
Roman Republic, Cn. Cornelius Lentulus Marcellinus, 76 - 75 B.C.
This coin expresses the belief of the Roman people in their destiny to dominate the land and sea as caput rerum, the head of the world. In his new book Roman Republican Moneyers and Their Coins 81 BCE - 64 BCE, Michael Harlan writes, "It was a goal still to be achieved in 74, but expounded with the same degree of faith as was the believe that it was America's manifest destiny to spread from ocean to ocean."
The Q at the end of the reverseinscription stands for Quaestor, the function of this moneyer under the command of Proconsul Pompey, sent Spain to assist Metellus Pius in the famous war against Sertorius
RR64008. Silver denarius, SRCV I 323, RSC ICornelia 54, VF, weight 3.873 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 90o, Spanish mint, 76 - 75 B.C.; obverse G•P•R, bearded, diademed and draped bust of the Genius of the Roman People right, scepter across shoulder; reverse wreathed scepter, globe and rudder, EX - S•C flanking across field, CN•LEN•Q below; $230.00 (€177.10)
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 (€173.25)
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; $200.00 (€154.00)
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; $200.00 (€154.00)
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