Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Publius Licinius Crassus Marci filius

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Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Publius Licinius Crassus Marci filius

This silver denarius was minted in Rome by Publius Licinius Crassus, son of Marcus, in 55 BC. It was a special issue, as indicated by the legend 'S C' on the obverse. This picture shows the reverse of the coin.

The reverse depicts a female figure leading a horse and holding a spear. At her feet are a breastplate and shield. Her identity and significance are a matter of debate. The legend 'P.CRASSVS.M.F' around her identifies the moneyer.

This moneyer was the son of Crassus, one of the three leaders of the First Triumvirate which also included Pompey and Caesar. He was quaestor in 59 BC and a legate of Caesar in Gaul in 58 BC, returning to Rome in 55 BC with 1000 Gallic horsemen.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-045-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1915.149
Date: 55 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Bust of Venus r., draped, laureate and wearing diadem; behind, S C downwards / Rev. Female figure leading horse l. and holding spear; at feet, cuirass and shield; around, P.CRASSVS.M.F
Dimensions: 19.00 mm D / Die Axis: 12.0
What: Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Venus
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Silver denarius of the Roman Republic, 55 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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