Coin (reverse), Quinarius, of P. Sabinus

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Coin (reverse), Quinarius, of P. Sabinus

This Roman silver coin, of a type called a quinarius, was minted in Rome by Publius Sabinus (probably Publius Vettius Sabinus) in 99 BC. This picture shows the reverse of the coin.

The reverse depicts Victory standing and crowning a trophy. Between them is the inscription 'P. SABIN' running downwards (referring to the moneyer). On the right is the mint control-mark, a pellet and reversed G. The letter Q below indicates quinarius.

After a victorious battle, the Greeks erected a trophy on the battlefield and dedicated it to the gods. It consisted of weapons of the defeated army placed on a pole or tree trunk. This custom was adopted by the Romans, but sometimes it was made in Rome.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-395-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15168
Date: 99
99 BC
Material: Silver; reverse slightly off-centre; slight wear. Inscription: Obv. Laureate head of Jupiter to right; pellet and reversed G behind / Rev. Victory standing right, crowning trophy; between them, P . SABIN, downwards; on right, pellet and reversed G; Q in e
Dimensions: 15.00 x 13.00 mm D / Die Axis: 7.0
What: Coin Type: Crawford 331/1
Coin, quinarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Jupiter
P. (? Vettius) Sabinus (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver quinarius of Rome, struck by P. (? Vettius) Sabinus, 99 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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