Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Marcus Herennius

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Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Marcus Herennius

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Marcus Herennius in either 108 or 107 BC. It is a type called a denarius, the most common Roman silver coin. This picture shows the reverse of the coin.

The reverse depicts one of the Catanean brothers running to the right, bearing his father on his shoulders. On the left is the inscription 'M.HERENNI' written downwards (the letters HE joined together), referring to the moneyer.

Both sides refer to the brothers of Catana who saved the lives of their parents when Mt. Etna erupted. They carried them to safety (as one expert notes, 'pietas in action'. As a result they were given the surname Pius.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-387-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15146
Date: 108 - 107
108 or 107 BC
Material: Silver; both sides very slightly off-centre; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Diademed head of Pietas to right; behind, PIETAS, downwards (TA ligated); P below chin / Rev. One of the Catanean brothers running right, bearing his father on his shoulders; on
Dimensions: 19.50 x 18.00 mm D / Die Axis: 10.5
What: Coin Type: Crawford 308/1a
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: M. Herennius (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius of Rome, struck by M. Herennius, 108 - 107 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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