Coin (reverse), Quinarius, of Marcus Cato

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Coin (reverse), Quinarius, of Marcus Cato

This Roman silver coin, of a type called a quinarius, was minted in Rome by Marcus Cato in 89 BC. This picture shows the reverse of the coin.

The reverse depicts Victory holding a pan (patera) and palm-branch, an identification made explicit by the legend 'VICTRIX' (she who conquers) below. The design of this side and the reverse were copied for an issue minted by a relation in 47 or 46 BC.

This coin was issued during the Social War, when Rome's Italian allies rebelled in order to obtain citizenship. Rome produced a huge amount of coinage to fund the wages of soldiers, and even reduced silver content of some issues.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-076-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1932.459
Date: 89 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Head of Liber r., wearing ivy-wreath; behind, M.CATO downwards;below, control-mark, fibula / Rev. Victory seated r., holding patera in r. hand and palm-branch inl. hand, over l. shoulder; in exergue, VICTRIX
Dimensions: 14.00 mm D / Die Axis: 4.5
What: Coin, quinarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Cato
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Silver quinarius of the Roman Republic, Rome, 89 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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