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460/2 Caecilia Denarius. SCIPIO IMP CRASSVS Jupiter, eagle head; Scales, cornucopiae, curule chair, corn-ear. AM#1269-35 18mm 3g50 | by Ahala
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460/2 Caecilia Denarius. SCIPIO IMP CRASSVS Jupiter, eagle head; Scales, cornucopiae, curule chair, corn-ear. AM#1269-35 18mm 3g50

Denarius. 47BC. 3.5grams. Africa camp Pompeians mint. Caecilia. Crawford 460/02 SCIPIO IMP CRASSVS. Obverse: hd Jupiter r, eagle head to left below, METELLVS PIVS SCIP IMP. Reverse: Scales, cornucopiae, curule chair, corn-ear, CRASSVS IVN. LEG. PRO.PR. The carnyx usually right of curule chair seems to be missing. Rare.

 

Northumberland Smyth 1856; Caecilia:

 

Obv — METEL(lus) PIVS SCIP(io) IMP(erator). A male head with a beard and hanging curls. Below there are appendages from which the profile is considered to be that of Jupiter Terminalis — an eagle's head caboshed, and a sceptre. A very rare denarius.

 

Rev — CRASS(us) IVN(ianus) LEG(atus) PROPR(aetore). A senatorial curule chair, with a wheat-ear on the left, and a man's hand (perhaps holding a coin) on the right. Above it is a cornucopia full of fruit, supporting a pair of scales. The whole is complimentary to the so-called public virtues of Scipio, who verily was oppressive, mean, avaricious, and profligate. He owed more of his prominence to his birth and connexions, than to his ability — born of the Comelii, adopted by the Metellii, and father-in-law to Pompey, no wonder he was pompous! Ought I to apologise for using the term "so-called" - though a Germanised barbarism, it has become very common with us.

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Taken on September 19, 2012