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146/1 #0591-33 AVTR Autronia Roma Dioscuri Denarius

Denarius. 190-180BC. 3.28grams. Rome mint. Autronia. Crawford 146/01 AVTR. Obverse: hd Roma r. Reverse: Dioscuri r, AVTR. Rare.

 

Northumberland Smyth 1856; AUTRONIA (rank unknown):

 

Obv — The winged-helmed head of Pallas Nicephora, with X at the back of it. A very rare denarius.

 

Rev — The Dioscuri on galloping horses, with their lances couched; the stars over their helmets being strongly marked ; under the animals is the monogram AVTR(onius), and on the exergum ROMA. Very little is recorded of this gens, the only family name of which is Paetus : a cognomen of course acquired by one who squinted, or was cross-jack eyed: indeed among numismatists it got confounded with the Sempronii, till rescued by Vaillant. The object of this type being of course to appear worthily in the eyes of posterity — "Oh, fond attempt to give a deathless lot, To names ignoble, born to be forgot!"

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Taken on October 16, 2006