Denarius, issued by Ancient Roman Republic, 76-75 BC
Moneyer: CN. LEN Q (Cn Lentulus)
Perhaps minted in Spain
Bust of the Genius Populi Romani facing right, hair tied with band; above, G.P.R.
At centre, a globe; around, placed to give the impression odf a triangle; on left, a sceptre with a wreath; on right, a rudder; below, CN. LEN.Q.; in field at left EX. and at right S.C
Cn Lentulus went on to becom Consul in 56 BC. Crawford suggests for the formula EX S.C. on the reverse of this coin "it thus seem probable, though not absolutely certain, that routine coinage, although authorised by the Senate, bore no special mark and that only when an issue was sepearately authorised during the year was it marked with EX.S.C." (Crawford p.609). Lentulus also issues denarii without the EX S.C. formula but gives his authorisation by the term LENT. CVR. X (with bar) F. - Lentulus Curator denariorum flandorum.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Dr William Howat, 15 Mar 1976
Type of item
18 mm (Outside Diameter), 3.84 g (Weight)
[Book] Crawford, Michael H. 1974. Roman Republican Coinage., 407 and 606-609 Pages