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Rome - The Republic

Moneyer: C. Considius Nonianus
Held Office: 57 BC
Denomination: AR Denarius
Mint: Rome
Obverse: Laureate and diademed bust of Venus to right; [C]•CONSIDI•NONIANI downwards behind, [S•C before]
Reverse: Temple on summit of rocky mountain surrounded by wall with towers on each side and gate in centre; ERVC above gate.
Reference: RRC 424/1; BMCRR Rome 3830; RSC Considia 1a; RCVM 381
Weight: 3.7 gms
Diameter: 18.4 mm
Comment: The moneyer is not otherwise known.

The reverse is ostensibly the Temple of Venus Eryx, supposedly founded by the legendary Aeneas, on a mountain in western Sicily, modern Erice. The isolated Mount Eryx is about 750 meters high and dominates the western part of Sicily. There was also a counterpart, the temple of Venus Erycina, just outside the Colline Gate in Rome, scene of the famous victory of Sulla in 83 BC. It may be that the moneyer wished to express his sympathy with the Pompeian claim to have succeeded Sulla as the favourite of Venus.

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