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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Roman Republic| > |150-100 B.C.| > RR81699
Roman Republic, M. Herennius, 108 - 107 B.C.
The Cantanaean brothers, Amphinomus and Anapias, saved their parents after an eruption of Mt. Etna, carrying them on their shoulders to safety. This was a favorite story among the Romans, for whom duty to family was among the most important virtues, fundamental to the Roman ideal of pietas. This moneyer had some connection to Sicily.
RR81699. Silver denarius, Crawford 308/1a, RSC I Herennia 1a, Sydenham 567a, SRCV I 185, BMCRR I Rome 1263 var. (pellet below D), RBW Collection 1149 var. (control), gVF, Rome mint, weight 3.797g, maximum diameter 18.5mm, die axis 0o, 108 - 107 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Pietas right, PIETAS (TA ligate) downward behind; reverse one of Cantanaean brothers running right, nude, bearing his father on his shoulders, his father looking back and raising right hand, MēHERENNI (HE ligate) downward on left, ēD (control symbols) lower right; SOLD

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Roman coins depicting the Catanaean brothers