Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Publius Fourius Crassipes

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Postcard of Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Publius Fourius Crassipes.
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Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Publius Fourius Crassipes

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Publius Fourius Crassipes in 84 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 a Curule chair, a symbol of the office of curule aedile which the moneyer possessed, as the obverse legend makes clear. Further clarification is provided by the (worn) legend on the chair - 'P.FOVRIVS' and 'CRASSIP[ES]' below.

The obverse and reverse designs make clear that this was a special issue, minted in the capacity as curule aedile. The reasons behind it are unclear, but this period was a turbulent one in Rome's history, when the normal systems were very disrupted.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-406-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15222
Date: 84
84 BC
Material: Silver; both sides off-centre, especially reverse; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Head of Cybele to right, wearing turreted crown; AED CVR, downwards, behind crown; foot, upwards, behind neck / Rev. Curule chair, inscribed P . FOVRIVS; CRASSIP [ES] in e
Dimensions: 20.00 x 19.00 mm D / Die Axis: 4.5
What: Coin Type: Crawford 356/1a
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Cybele
P. Fourius Crassipes (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius of Rome, minted by P. Fourius Crassipes, 84 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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