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 'EX.S.C' on the reverse. This picture shows the obverse of the coin.

The obverse depicts the head of Cybele, the mother goddess of Phyria, whose cult spread to Rome. She is wearing a turreted crown. The legend 'CESTIANVS' refers to the moneyer. The front part of a lion behind her and globe in front are mint control-marks.

Between 130 and 60 BC, many Roman coins often had control-marks - letters or symbols which were probably used to record the number of dies supplied to officials. This moneyer used symbols.

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Online ID: 000-100-065-715-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15283
Date: 67
67 BC
Material: Silver; obverse slightly off-centre; edge nick at 8.5 (obverse) ; moderate wear . Inscription: Obv. Head of Cybele to right; forepart of lion behind; globe below chin; behind, CESTIANVS, downwards / Rev. Curule chair; palm-branch on left; around, M . PLAE
Dimensions: 19.00 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: Crawford 409/2
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Cybele
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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