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Crawford 190/4, ROMAN REPUBLIC, OPEI Series, AE Quadrans
Rome, The Republic.
OPEI Series, 169-158 BCE.
AE Quadrans (4.28g; 20mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Youthful head of Hercules wearing lion skin, facing right; ●●● (mark of value) behind.

Reverse: Prow facing right; OPEI above; ●●● (mark of value) before; ROMA below.

References: Crawford 190/4; Sydenham 363c; RBW 814; BMCRR ---; Opeimia 10.

Provenance: Ex JD Collection [NAC 78 (26 May 2014) Lot 1693]; DNW Auction (27 Sept 2007) Lot 2433.

Possibly struck by Q. Opeimius who was consul in 154 BCE; however, there is another OPEI series (Crawford 188) of similar time period that might also belong to that consul. This is a scarce denomination for this series, with only five examples in the BnF collection in Paris and none in the British Museum as of 1910.
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