Denarius, Issued by Ancient Roman Republic, 125 BC
Moneyer: C. Caecilius Metellus Caprarius (C. METELLVS)
Minted by Rome
Head of Roma, wearing a Phrygian helmet, facing right; behind, ROMA; denomination mark off flan
Jupiter being drawn to left in a biga of elephants; above Victory with wreath crowning Jupiter; in exergue, C METELLVS
The moneyer is believed to be C. Caecilius Metellus Caprarius who became Consul in 113 BC. The elephants on the reverse promote the family of the moneyer through his ancestor L. Caecilius Metellus who defeated Hastrubal in 250 BC and captured his war elephants.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976
Type of item
18 mm (Outside Diameter), 3.572 g (Weight)
[Book] Crawford, Michael H. 1974. Roman Republican Coinage., 292 Pages
[Catalogue] Pullin, Ruth. 2011. Nature Revealed: Eugene von Guerard.