Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Quintus Sicinius with Caius Coponius

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Quintus Sicinius with Caius Coponius

This silver coin was minted by the moneyer Quintus Sicinius with the praetor Caius Coponius somewhere on the campaign with Pompey. It is a type called a denarius, the most common Roman silver coin. This picture shows the obverse.

The obverse depicts Apollo, the Greek god of light, healing and prophecy, with the star below indicating his divinity. The legend 'Q.SICINIUS' on the right is the moneyer's name, and 'III.VIR' on the left an abbreviation of his official title.

In 49 BC, Caesar crossed the Rubicon to invade Italy in his struggle for power with Pompey. He advanced quickly, and the Senate and consuls fled Rome. He then seized Rome, and with it the means to mint coins. Pompey also struck coins while on the move.

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Online ID: 000-100-078-679-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1915.178
Date: 49 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Head of Apollo r., hair tied with band; below, star; before, Q.SICINIUS downwards; behind III.VIR upwards / Rev. Club upright, on which hangs lion's skin; on l., arrow; on r., bow; on r., C.COPONIUS downwards; on l., PR.S.C upwar
Dimensions: 18.00 mm D / Die Axis: 4.5
What: Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Apollo
Q. Sicinius
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Silver denarius of the Roman Republic, Rome, 49 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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