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Laodicea ad Lycus, Phrygia, 56 - 54 B.C., Roman Proconsul and Imperator P. Cornelius Lentulus Spinther
Publius Cornelius Lentulus, nicknamed Spinther because of his likeness to a popular actor of that name, came from an ancient Roman patrician family of the Cornelia gens. This coin was struck in his name as imperator and proconsul of Cilicia, c. 56 - 53 B.C. Although treated with great favor by Julius Caesar, Spinther supported Caesar's great rival Pompeius Magnus and the Optimates party. This eventually led to his political destruction and probably to his execution. His son joined Caesar's assassins, Brutus and Cassius.
SH70609. Silver cistophoric tetradrachm
, BMC Phrygia
p. 281, 17; SNG Cop
-, EF, uneven strike
with weak areas, Laodicea
ad Lycus (near Denizli, Turkey) mint, weight
12.483g, maximum diameter
27.5mm, die axis
, magistrate Krathippos, 57 - 54 B.C.; obverse
Cista mystica with half-open lid, from which a snake emerges, all within wreath
of ivy with berries; reverse
two snakes flanking bow in bow-case ornamented with an apluster
, P LENTVLVS - P F / IMP above, ΛAO monogram
left, winged kerykeion
right, KΠATIΠΠOΣ below; ex Numismatik Lanz
auction 157, lot 183; rare
Catalog current as of Tuesday, March 19, 2019.
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