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Quinarius. - The word sufficiently indicates that the piece of money so called was half of the denarius.  The mark of this coin was v., as being worth five asses, or five lbs. in brass money. On some, as on those of the Egnatuleia family, the mark is Q., namely, the initial letter of Quinarius.  In the most ancient quinarii, as also in the sestertii, the types were the same as the denarii, namely, the head of Pallas with a winged helmet. - Rev. ROMA and the Dioscuri (Castor and Pollux) on horseback. - At a later period, however, a figure of Victory became its perpetual type - now occupying the obverse, now transferred to the reverse side of the coin.  It also appears in various postures, sometimes standing, at others sitting; now erecting a trophy now in the act of doing something else. "Out of so large a number of quinarii as are extant, I see (says Eckhel), extremely few that have any other type than Victoria, viz., those which were struck by Cordius, Mettius, Pappius, and Cestius.  The quinarii coined in the times of the Emperors conform to the same rule, having rarely any other type than a Victory.  So that it may be considered as peculiarly designating that class of silver money" - and thence they were called Victoriali. - For an illustration of the Quinarius, see Porcia

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