|ANNIA gens plebia, known to be so from some of its members having held the tribuneship of the people. There are 28 varieties.- The silver rare. The brass coins of this family belong to the mint-masters of Augustus, and are common. The following is the rarest denarius: |
Obv.- Caius ANNIus, Titi Filius, Titi Nepos, PRO. ConSule EX Senatus Consulto.- Female head, with necklace, ear-rings, and headdress, and accompanied sometimes with the balance.
Rev.-L. FABI. L.F. HISP. Lucius FABIus Lucii Filius HISPania.- Victory in a quadriga, at speed, a long palm branch in her right hand.
On other reverses,-Quintus TARQVITius Publii Filius. Victory, with palm, in a biga.- See Tarquitia gens.
Several numismatic antiquaries have expressed their opinion that the C. Annius named on this silver coin, was the same to whom Plutarch refers, as having been sent by Sulla in Spain against Sertorius; and that L. Fabius and Q. Tarquitins, whose names appear on the reverses, were his quaestors. But Eckhel takes strong ground in regarding the above allegation as involved in much doubt. The female head, on the obverse, especially when designated by the balance, the same writer considers to be that of Aequitas, or of Moneta.-(v. 135.)
There is a colonial brass of Nero, struck at Corinth, which Morel classes with this family, and which exhibits on its reverse Venus Marina, in a car, drawn by a triton and a nereid.-It is noticed also by Vaillant.-See Corinth.
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