Coin (obverse), Quinarius, of P. Sabinus

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Coin (obverse), Quinarius, of P. Sabinus

This Roman silver coin, of a type called a quinarius, was minted in Rome by Publius Sabinus (probably Publius Vettius Sabinus) in 99 BC. This picture shows the obverse of the coin.

The obverse depicts the head of Jupiter, the father of the gods, wearing a laurel wreath. To his right is the mint control-mark, a pellet and reversed G, used to record the number of dies supplied to the officials.

The quinarius was issued sporadically into the early 2nd century BC. Thereafter its production lapsed, until it was revived in the early 1st century BC. It was then worth half of a denarius, the standard silver coin in use for most of Rome's history.

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Online ID: 000-100-065-600-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15168
Date: 99
99 BC
Material: Silver; reverse slightly off-centre; slight wear. Inscription: Obv. Laureate head of Jupiter to right; pellet and reversed G behind / Rev. Victory standing right, crowning trophy; between them, P . SABIN, downwards; on right, pellet and reversed G; Q in e
Dimensions: 15.00 x 13.00 mm D / Die Axis: 7.0
What: Coin Type: Crawford 331/1
Coin, quinarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Jupiter
P. (? Vettius) Sabinus (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver quinarius of Rome, struck by P. (? Vettius) Sabinus, 99 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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