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465/2b #9945-37 C.CONSIDIVS PAETVS Apollo Curule chair Denarius

Denarius. 46BC. 3.73grams. Rome mint. Considia. Crawford 465/02b C.CONSIDIVS PAETVS. Obverse: hd Apollo r, A. Reverse: curule chair, C CONSIDI PAETI. Common.

 

CONSIDIA. Obv — Sine epigraphe. A laureated female head, with ear-rings but bare neck, regarding the right, considered to represent the goddess of Liberty. In the nape of the neck the letter A. This coin was probably minted B.C. 49; it is a common. From the A on the obverse, it has been advanced that they were struck at Adrumetum, still I look upon it merely as a mint-mark: besides which, as the name was then aspirated, the moneyer would probably place H instead of A as the mint letter. A Caius Considius certainly fell into Caesar's power when Adrumetum was taken, and he was pardoned ; but we know nothing further on that point.

 

Rev — A handsome though empty senatorial curule chair ; above it C(aii) CONSIDI(i), and PAETI below it. This may possibly allude to the vacancies which were occasioned by fugitive consuls in Pompey's disturbances: but we do not find that any of the Considii gained any higher curule office in the state than the praetorship held by M. Considius Nonianus, 52 BC. It might perhaps allude to the absence of senators, when Considius told Caesar that he attended only because he felt secure in the armour of old age. The family though old was undistinguished, and had therefore no beneficial exploit to commemorate by means of the mint, of which Caius had become the moneyer. His great ancestor, Q. Considius, was Tribune of the Plebs in 476 BC: he, however, was only remarkable for applying the ferment of the Agrarian poison to the Commons (Livy ii. 52), and thereby procuring an unjust sentence against Menenius, the consul.

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Taken on October 16, 2006