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Rome - The Republic

Moneyer: Mn. Cordius Rufus
Held Office: 46 BC
Denomination: AR Denarius
Mint: Rome
Obverse: Jugate heads of Dioscuri [X bankers mark on cheek], wearing laureate pilei right, "RVFVS[•IIIVIR]" around.
Reverse: Venus, standing left, holding scales and sceptre, Cupid perched on her shoulder, "MN•C[ORDI]" (MN in monogram) downwards to right.
Reference: RRC 463/1b; RSC Cordia 1; RCVM 440
Weight: 3.8 gms
Diameter: 17.2 mm

Mn. Cordius Rufus

The fact that this moneyer is of Tusculan origin is revealed by the jugate heads of the Dioscuri on the obverse of this coin. Tusculum was the chief cult-centre of the Dioscuri in Latium.

The reverse refers to Venus Victrix and is probably a compliment to Caesar. The depiction of Venus with Cupid on her shoulder may derive from th statue placed in the temple of Venus Genetrix in the same year as this coin.

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