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Rome - The Republic

Moneyer: M. Sergius Silus (Quaestor)
Held Office: 116 or 115 BC
Denomination: AR Denarius
Mint: Rome
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma right. Behind "ROMA (XVI monogram)". In front "EX•S•C•"
Reverse: Helmeted horseman galloping left, holding sword and severed Gallic head in right hand. "Q" below horses forelegs. In exergue, in 2 lines: "M•SERGI/SILVS"
Reference: RCVM 163, RSC Sergia 1, RRC 286/1
Weight: 3.8 gms
Diameter: 19 mm
Comment: The issuer strikes as quaestor and by special decree of the Senate (ex senatus consulato). Quaestors were the immediate superiors of the moneyers and under unusual circumstances occasionally utilized their authority to produce coins.

M. Sergius Silus

The reverse alludes to the bravery of his grandfather, of the same name, who distinguished himself during the second Punic War. He lost his right arm and received 23 wounds, but still continued fighting. He had made for himself a right arm of iron.

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