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413/1 L. Cassus Longinus
L. Cassius Longinus c. 63 B.C. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. c. 63 B.C. (3.81g, 18.6mm, 7h). Obv: Draped bust of Vesta Veiled left, kylix behind, letter before. Rev: Male figure left dropping tablet inscribed V (Uti Rogas) into a Cista, Longin III V behind. Cassia 10. Craw 413/1.

This coin may refer to the law of 113 which set up the special commission, presided over by L. Cassius Longinus Ravilla, for the trial of three delinquent Vestal Virgins. In 137 BC L. Cassius Ravilla proposed a method of voting, known as the Lex Cassia Tabellaria. The letter "V" on the tabella stands for V[ti] Rogas, or uti rogas a vote in favor of a new law. A vote against a new law was designated by the letter "A" (antiquo). L. Cassius Longinus, whose name appears on the coin, was the younger brother of C. Cassius Longinus, one of the assassins of Julius Caesar.
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Aarmale  [Feb 26, 2012 at 12:41 AM]
Great bust! Interesting style.
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