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128/1 #0714-44 shield carnyx Roma Dioscuri Denarius

Denarius. 212-195BC. 4.39grams. Italy uncertain mint. Decia Anonymous. Crawford 128/01 shield carnyx. Obverse: hd Roma r. Reverse: Dioscuri r, carnyx. Rare.

Gaulish shield and carnyx on the reverse below the dioscuri. A rare type. In the context of the ongoing wars with the Carthaginian Hannibal when this was struck, probably about 205-200BC, it's curious to see a reference to the Gauls. The type has been tentatively ascribed to one of the Decia family, reflecting the role of an ancestor in defeating the Gauls in 295BC. Struck at an Italian, likely miltary mint, not Rome. This coin is discussed on andrewmccabe.ancients.info/Auctions.html

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Taken on April 3, 2009