Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Manius Fonteius

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Manius Fonteius

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Manius Fonteius in either 108 or 107 BC. It is a type called a denarius, the most common Roman silver coin. This picture shows the obverse of the coin.

The obverse portrays the Dioscuri with laurel wreaths. Above them are two stars. In front of them, the inscription '[P] P' written upwards identifies the Dioscuri as also the Penates Publici.

In Greek legend, the Dioscuri were Caster and Pollux, the twin brothers of Helen, and the sons of Zeus. Their cult was taken over by the Romans. The Penates were guardians of the household stores. Their cult was merged with that of the Dioscuri.

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Online ID: 000-100-065-575-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15143
Date: 108 - 107
108 or 107 BC
Material: Silver; both sides slightly off-centre; mostly slight to moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Jugate, laureate heads of Dioscuri to right; two stars above; in front, [P] P, upwards; [star below chin] / Rev. Ship to right, displaying doliolum in stern; above;
Dimensions: 19.50 x 18.50 mm D / Die Axis: 7.5
What: Coin Type: Crawford 307/1a
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Dioscuri
Mn. Fonteius (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius of Rome, struck by Mn. Fonteius, 108 - 107 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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