Roman Republic, Denarius


Roman Republic, Denarius (obverse) Roman Republic, Denarius (reverse)

This Roman denarius from the year 67 BC depicts the Greek god Apollo, his hair tied back with a band. The symbol behind him is a mint control-mark. On the reverse rides a horseman with a (very worn) palm branch. Below him is the legend C. PISO. L. F. FR, the abbreviated name of the moneyer Gaius Calpurnius Piso Frugi, son of Lucius, and another mint control-mark.

The motifs are similar to the images on coins struck by this moneyer's father. Both coinages allude to the festival in honor of Apollo, the Ludi Apollinares, which was made permanent after a proposal by an ancestor.


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