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461/1 Q. METELL SCIPIO IMP EPPIVS LEG.F.C. head of Africa, corn-ear plough, Hercules with club, Denarius, Africa 47-46BC. AM#9327-39 | by Ahala
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461/1 Q. METELL SCIPIO IMP EPPIVS LEG.F.C. head of Africa, corn-ear plough, Hercules with club, Denarius, Africa 47-46BC. AM#9327-39

Denarius. 46BC. 3.9grams. Africa camp Pompeians mint. Caecilia Scipio. Crawford 461/01 SCIPIO IMP EPPIVS LEG.F.C.. Obverse: hd Africa r, corn. Reverse: Hercules stg fcg. Scarce.

 

EPPIA (Equestrian order) and CAECILIA. Obv — Q(uintus) METEL(lus) SCIPIO, IMP(erator). A female head, coiffed with the spoils of an elephant: in the area in front an ear of wheat, and under the bust a plough. This denarius is rather rare.

 

Rev — EPPIVS LEG(atus), F(landum) C(uravit); Hercules, naked and resting on his massy club, which is posited on the numeral X, with the lion's skin upon it: an attitude so greatly resembling the one from the chisel of Glycon, that it is usual among collectors to call it the Farnese Hercules. This is an interesting type, since the legend shows that Eppius had money struck for the use of the war; and the emblems on the obverse, point out that it was in Africa they were minted. It recognises Eppius as one of Scipio's legates in Africa, during the war against Julius Caesar 46 BC. Very little, however, is known of the family ; though it seems that this officer was pardoned by Caesar, with many others of his party, after the Battle of Thapsus, 46 BC; and it further appears from a large-brass coin, that after this act of grace, he ungratefully went into Spain and renewed the war under Sextus Pompey.

 

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