Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Marcus Plaetorius Marci filius Cestianus

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Marcus Plaetorius Marci filius Cestianus

This silver denarius was minted in Rome by Marcus Plaetorius Cestianus, son of Marcus, in 67 BC. It was a special issue authorised by the Senate, as indicated by the legend 'S.C' (for 'senatus consulto'). This picture shows the obverse of the coin.

The obverse depicts a figure, probably a god, wearing a helmet. Below the chin is a cornucopia (horn of plenty). The legend 'CESTIANVS' written downwards behind the bust refer to the moneyer. The letters 'S.C' in front show that it was a special issue.

Most Roman Republican coins were minted by magistrates called moneyers. In exceptional cases the Senate ordered other officials to strike special issues. This is the case for this coin, as indicated by the inscription 'S.C'.

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Online ID: 000-100-065-714-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15282
Date: 67
67 BC
Material: Silver; obverse slightly off-centre; reverse rather weak; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Helmeted draped bust right; behind, CESTIANVS, downwards; in front, S . C, downwards; cornucopiae below chin / Rev. Eagle standing right, head turned back, on thund
Dimensions: 18.00 mm D / Die Axis: 5.0
What: Coin Type: Crawford 409/1
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: M. Plaetorius M. f. Cestianus (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius of Rome, minted by M. Plaetorius M. f. Cestianus, 67 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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