Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Cnaeus Plancius

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Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Cnaeus Plancius

This silver denarius was minted in Rome by Cnaeus Plancius in 55 BC. It was a special issue authorised by the Senate, as indicated by the legend 'S.C' (for 'senatus consulto') on the obverse. This picture shows the reverse of the coin.

The reverse depicts a Cretan goat, with a bow and quiver behind it. The moneyer spent some of his career in Crete, and the design may have been chosen, like that on the obverse, to highlight aspects of his career.

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' on the obverse.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-073-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1932.454
Date: 55 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Female headr., wearing causia; before, CN.PLANCIVS downwards; behind, AED.CVR.S.C downwards / Rev. Cretan goat r.; behind, bow and quiver
Dimensions: 19.50 mm D / Die Axis: 9.0
What: Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Silver denarius of the Roman Republic, Rome, 55 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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