Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Thorius Balbus

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Thorius Balbus

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Lucius Thorius Balbus in 105 BC. It is a type called a denarius, the most common Roman silver coin. This picture shows the obverse of the coin.

The obverse depicts Juno Sospita, the goddess of women and childbirth, wearing a goat skin. Behind her is the inscription, written downwards, 'I. S. M. R', an abbreviation of Juno Sispes Mater Regina (Juno Sospita mother and queen).

L. Thorius Balbus was born in Lanuvium where the cult of Juno was centred. Cicero describes him as a man who enjoyed every pleasure.

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Online ID: 000-100-065-583-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15151
Date: 105
105 BC
Material: Silver; reverse slightly off-centre; slight wear. Inscription: Obv. Head of Juno Sospita to right, wearing goatskin; behind, I . S . M . R, downwards / Rev. Bull charging to right; B above; L . THORIVS below; BALBVS in exergue
Dimensions: 20.00 x 19.50 mm D / Die Axis: 6.5
What: Coin Type: Crawford 316/1
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Juno Sospita
L. Thorius Balbus (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius of Rome, struck by L. Thorius Balbus, 105 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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