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Rome - The Republic

Moneyer: T. Carisius
Held Office: 46 BC
Denomination: AR Denarius
Mint: Rome
Obverse: Draped bust of Juno Moneta right. "MONETA" behind.
Reverse: Coining implements: anvil die with punch die above, between tongs and hammer. "T•CARISIVS" above, within a laurel wreath.
Reference: RCVM 447, RSC Carisia 1a, RRC 464/2
Weight: 3.5 gms
Diameter: 18.9 mm
Comment: This coin celebrates the Roman mint that was situated adjacent to the temple of Juno Moneta on the Arx summit of the Capitoline Hill. In 390 BC, the sacred geese of Juno warned (monere) the Romans about an impending attack by Gauls, hence her temple on the Capitoline was dedicated to Juno Moneta. "Moneta" gives it's name to "money".

This coin, struck 46 B.C., is part of the large issue of coins intended for distribution to Caesar's legions, who were in Rome to celebrate his quadruple Triumph.

T. Carisius

"Meanwhile Gaius Antistius fought against them and accomplished a good deal, not because he was a better general than Augustus, but because the barbarians felt contempt for him and so joined battle with the Romans and were defeated. In this way he captured a few places, and afterwards Titus Carisius took Lancia, the principal fortress of the Astures, after it had been abandoned, and also won over many other places. "

Cassius Dio Book LIII Chapter 25

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