Roman Republic, Quinarius


Roman Republic, Quinarius (obverse) Roman Republic, Quinarius (reverse)

The obverse of this quinarius from the year 88 BC depicts the bearded head of Jupiter, the highest Roman god, wearing a laurel wreath. The reverse depicts the goddess Victory crowning a trophy. Below her is the inscription CN. LENT, probably for the moneyer Cn. Cornelius Lentulus Clodianus.

The quinarius, a Roman silver coin of the value of half a denarius, was issued sporadically into the early 2nd century BC. Thereafter its production lapsed, until it was revived in the early 1st century BC.


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