Römische Republic, Quinarius


Römische Republic, Quinarius (obverse) Römische Republic, Quinarius (reverse)

This Roman silver coin, of a type called a quinarius, was minted in Rome by Gaius Egnatuleius in 97 BC. The obvere shows the head of Apollo, behind it C. EGNATVLEI. C. F. for the moneyer's name and below it the letter Q for quinarius. The reverse depicts Victory crowning a trophy. On her right is the mint control-mark, a carnyx, a Celtic wind instrument. The letter Q below indicates the quinarius again. 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 and is represented on this coin.


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