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55 BC Gn. Plancius
Head of Macedonia right, wearing causia

Cretan goat standing right, bow and quiver behind
IIZ (old museum number?) in Ex.

Rome 55 BC

Sear 396, RRC 432/1

Ex-Canadian Coin

Gnaeus Plancius was a friend of Cicero and strikes this coin as curule aedile. The type recalls his military service in Crete under the Proconsul Q. Metellus. He was also a military tribune under C. Antonius. He later returned to Macedonia as questor under the Propraetor L. Appuleius Saturninus. While serving as Questor in Thessalonia Plancius courageously took in Cicero as a guest in his official residence. Earlier that year (January or Early February of 58 BC.) Cicero was exiled from Italy and Rome because of the Tribune Clodius' legislation which confiscated Cicero's property and forced him to stay 400 miles out of the city of Rome. Clodius was eventually killed along the Appian Way by his rival Milo. Cicero took up the case for the defense of Milo unsuccessfully. In 54 BC Cicero defended Gn. Plancius in a court case (Pro Plancio) in which A. Laterensis accused Plancius of illegally organizing voting clubs (Colegia) to sway the elections and of bribery. Cicero was able to get Plancius acquitted and wrote his Pro Plancio which outlined his speeches and lines of questioning.
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Album name:Jay GT4 / Republic and Imperatorial
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Date added:Apr 29, 2011
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SPQR Coins  [Apr 29, 2011 at 05:41 PM]
Fantastic coin, the design and the toning are impressive!
Randygeki(h2)  [Apr 29, 2011 at 06:00 PM]
pretty sweet
Will Hooton  [Apr 29, 2011 at 06:26 PM]
Excellent quality and interesting marks!
casata137ec  [May 02, 2011 at 11:22 PM]
One of my favorites in your collection! Very nice.
Steve E  [Jul 16, 2012 at 06:05 AM]
Beautiful coin! It surprises me that a museum would make such a permanate mark on an ancient artifact such as this
Augustin Caron  [Jul 13, 2013 at 05:05 PM]
Splendid !
jimmynmu  [Dec 12, 2014 at 08:00 AM]
charming coin