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Hammer and Apex, Denarius, Crawford 59/1b
Denomination: Denarius
Era: c. 211 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with splayed visor. Behind, X. Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; Hammer and apex above riders; in linear frame, ROMA.
Mint: Rome
Weight: 4.15 gm.
Reference: Crawford 59/1b
Provenance: NAC 78, Lot 374, 29-MAY2014

Comments: Anonymous denarius with apex symbol above and between riders and hammer symbol above and in front. The coin is Good EF. Crawford differentiates 59/1a from 59/1b as straight and curved visor varieties. The curved visor varieties (59/1b, this coin) are scarce but much more common than the straight visor varieties (59/1a) which are very rare. The straight visor varieties are in the style of the caduceus series, Cr. 60.
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Album name:Steve B5 / Early Roman Republican coins of the denarius system - Symbols and Monograms, C. 211-138 BC.
Keywords:Denarius, Crawford, 2nd Punic War, anonymous, Roman Republic
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Date added:Oct 20, 2018
Dimensions:3204 x 1548 pixels
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Joss  [Oct 26, 2018 at 12:30 PM]
I suspect that this issue was minted by a Publicius Malleolus (Hammer in Latin, cf. RRC 335/3). Lucius and Marcus Publicius Malleolus, both curule Aediles in c.241 BC, are known for having built the Temple of Flora, and created the Floralia. The apex would refer to the Flamen Floralis, likely a member of the family.
Carausius  [Dec 19, 2018 at 04:01 AM]
Wonderful example of a rare type.