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Rome - The Republic

Moneyer: Sextus Pompeius
Held Office: 137 BC
Denomination: AR Denarius
Mint: Rome
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma right, "X" below chin, jug behind.
Reverse: She-wolf standing right, suckling the twins Romulus and Remus, fig-tree in background with three birds, the shepherd Faustulus standing right, behind. "FOSTVLVS" on left, "SEX•POM" on right.
Reference: RCVM 112, RSC Pompeia 1, RRC 235/1
Weight: 3.8 gms
Diameter: 18 mm

Pompeia gens

The family was of plebian origin and it would appear that they claimed descent from Faustulus, the royal shepherd of Amulius, who found the twins suckled by the wolf at the foot of the Palatine, the cradle in which they had been borne down the Tiber having overturned under a fig-tree.

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