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A. Postumius Albinus. Denarius
RRC 372/2
81 BC

Obverse: HISPAN, Veiled head of Hispania r
Reverse: SN ALBIN Togate figure standing l., raising hand; to l., legionary eagle and to r., fasces with axe.

Issued when Rome had won the supremacy in Italy but was still fighting the last of the Marians in Spain.

....and so the magistrate has been iddentified as the praetor Lucius Postumius Albinus who had gone to further Spain in 180 and had his term prorogued into 179. He fought two major battles with the Vaccaei, killing a reported 35,000. (....) If the magistrate on the coin is the victorious praetor, his century old triumph over the Lusitanians was especially relevant in 81, for ir was among the Lusitanians where Sertorius found the greatest support. (Harlan)

The moneyer is assumed to be a grandson of the consul of 110 and a son of the moneyer of 96 (Crawford)
Ex Numismatica Ars Classica, Auction 78; Lot 635, 26 - 27 May 2014
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Mat  [Sep 06, 2015 at 06:20 PM]
What a beauty!
Carausius  [Nov 07, 2015 at 07:07 PM]
Lovely example. Well struck, near perfect centering on both sides and nice toning.