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     Scribonia, a plebeian moneyer ; surname Libo.
-- Six varieties of coins, some of which, in silver
were restored by Trajan. -- The brass pieces
belonging to this moneyer are Asses, or parts of
the As. -- The only medal of historical interest is
a denarius, on the obverse of which we read
veiled head of Concordia ; on others appears a
woman' s head. encircled with a fascia, and the

epigraph LIBO. BON. EVENT. ; on the reverse
of both is PUTEAL SCRIBON., and a structure
to which are attached two lyres and a garland of
flowers. The Puteal of Libo, a celebrated place
in Rome, was the round parapet of a wall with
a cover to it, which Scribonius Libo had caused
to be raised, by order of the senate, over a place
where thunder had fallen, in the field of the
Comitia, and near the statues of Marsyas and
Janus. It contained within its enclosure an altar
and a chapel. It seems, moreover, that it was
a kind of tribunal or seat of justice, like our
Court of Common Pleas. -- On some medals,
with the same type of puteal, the inscription is
PUTEAL LIBOnis. -- See the word Puteal.
   The Bonus Eventus, which occurs on one of
the above denarii, has reference to the custom
of the Romans in holding sacred whatever was
capable of bringing good or evil, as fortune,
hope, genius, etc. So also Eventus, according
to the list enumerated by Lucretius in his
"Eventa," brought slavery, liberty, riches,
poverty, war, and concord. But Cicero's
definition of Eventus is alicujus exitus negotii,
in quo quri solet, quid ex quaque re evenerit,
eveniat, eventurumque sit.
Therefore, if anything
happened well, it was received as the gift
of Bonus Eventus. That this was esteemed to
be a Genius of the same nature as Felicitas is
shown by a denarius which Morell gives.

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