Roman Republic, Denarius


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

This Roman denarius from the year 62 BC shows Bonus Eventus, the spirit of success. In Roman religion, worshippers and gods entered a kind of contract, with each rewarding the other for favorable treatment. Bonus Eventus was often evoked before journeys and was also a favorite of soldiers.

The object on the reverse is a Puteal Scribonianum decorated with a garland and two lyres. A Puteal was a sacred, open stone building enclosing a holy place. At the base is a hammer, symbol of Vulcan, the god of fire. The puteal depicted on this coin stood on the Forum and had been erected on behalf of the Senate by a certain Scribonius, an ancestor of the issuer of this coin, on the location where a lightening had struck.


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