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Rome - The Republic

Moneyer: M. Nonius Sufenas
Held Office: 57 BC
Denomination: AR Denarius
Mint: Rome
Obverse: Head of Saturn right; behind, harpa, conical stone*. "S•C" behind, "SVFENAS" before.
Reverse: Roma seated left on pile of arms, holding spear and sword, being crowned by Victory standing left behind, holding wreath and palm frond. "SEX•NONI" in exergue, "PR•L•V•P•F"** around.
Reference: RSC Nonia 1, RCVM 377, RRC 421/1
Weight: 3.8 gms
Diameter: 18.1 mm
Comment: The praetor Sextus Nonius Sufenus, nephew of Sulla, is celebrated on the reverse as the initiator of Victory Games in 81 BC.

*Presumably the stone given to Saturn in lieu of the infant Zeus, worshipped at Delphi.

**Sex[tus] Noni[us] pr[aetor] I[udos] V[ictoriae] p[rimus] f[ecit] rcording the first celebration of an ancestor of the moneyer of the Ludi Victoriae of Sulla.

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