61BC 408/1 Imitative Tessara, Apollo Horseman Lead Tessera issued by Fabia and Fronto 2g42 AM#09180-24, possibly an entrance ticket for games
Denarius. 67-30BC. 2.42grams. Rome mint. Fabia. Crawford Im/408Pb Lead Tessera Fabia. Obverse: hd Apollo laur. r, FRONT.L. PAS. Reverse: Horseman r. OP. P. FAB. cf. Cr.408 . Scarce.
The following is the Sayles and Lavender citation for this unusual piece: This piece loosely copies the types employed for denarii struck by C. Piso Frugi in 67 B.C. and therefore must have been struck sometime after that date. Issues of regular denarii types in lead are known, but this example carries a type and legend combination belonging to no known Republican denarius. Presumably these lead issues represented tokens that could be reimbursed for a silver denarius. The coin names an uncertain Frontinus or Fronto on the obverse and a P. Fabius on the reverse. It is tempting to think that the P. Fabius named on the reverse might be the same individual as that was sued by Cicero on behalf of M. Tullius in 71. Cicero's pro Tullio indicates that P. Fabius was probably a member of the senatorial class, who had gained wealth by embezzling from the governor of Macedonia and Asia in the late 80s. In 74 he armed a band of slaves in an attempt to settle a land dispute with Tullius.