Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Scribonius Libo

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Postcard of Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Scribonius Libo.
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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Scribonius Libo

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Lucius Scribonius Libo in 62 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 Bonus Eventus, the spirit of success, identified by the legend 'BONEVENT' written downwards in front of him. The legend 'LIBO' behind him refers to the moneyer, about whom little else is known.

In the Roman religion, worshipper and god entered a contract, with each rewarding the other for favourable treatment. Bonus Eventus was often evoked before making journeys. He was also a favourite of soldiers.

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Online ID: 000-100-078-652-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1915.129
Date: 62 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Head of Bonus Eventus r.; behind, LIBO downwards; before, BON-EVENT downwards / Rev. Puteal Scribonianum, decorated with garland and two lyres; at base, hammer; above, PUTEAL; below, SCRIBON
Dimensions: 20.00 mm D / Die Axis: 7.5
What: Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Bonus Eventus
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Silver denarius of the Roman Republic, Rome, 62 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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