431/1 #8927-38 A.PLAVTIVS AED.CVR Cybele Aristobulus camel Denarius
Denarius. 54BC. 3.76grams. Rome mint. Plautia. Crawford 431/01 A.PLAVTIVS AED.CVR. Obverse: hd Cybele r. Reverse: Aristobulus & camel r. Common.
Smyth, on the Duke of Northumberland example, 1856:
Obverse: The head of Cybele — Magnje Matris — wearing the corona turrita, and her hair falling in ringlets; an allusion to the great games in her honour, which were celebrated by the curule aediles.
Reverse: A palludated man on his knees holds a camel by the bridle in his left hand, and offers a branch of olive with his right — the emblem of a solicitation for peace : some, indeed, call the offering a branch of frankincense, as a gift and supplication. This records the submission of Bacchius, one of the adherents of Aretas, apparently of the Jewish faith, to A. Plautius, the quaestor of Scaurus, when the latter marched into Judaea to settle the disputes between the brothers Hyrcanus and Aristobulus; for which Aemilius Scaurus charged Aretas 300 talents. The whole affords an admirable illustration of the History of the Jewish affair, by Josephus, lib. i, 8. On this coin Eckhel says — "As of the Plautii the Sylvani alone were named Auli, Havercamp rightly assigns this to one of them". Scaurus along with P. Hypsaeus were curule aediles a few years earlier in B.C. 58 ; and both were condemned by Pompey for ambitus, or heave-headism, in B.C. 52. Their aedile-ship was distinguished by the opening of the renowned theatre of Scaurus, and the celebration of the most costly and splendid public games ever then known, when, among other wild beasts, 150 panthers were exhibited ; while five crocodiles, and a hippopotamus were seen for the first time at Rome.