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No 311 Roman Republic Denarius

No 311 Roman Republic Denarius Image

The original of this copy has also been fully identified by the British Museum. It was minted in Rome in 58 BC. It was issued by the Curule Aediles, Marcus Aemilius Scaurus and Plautius Hypsaeseus.

The obverse shows a camel facing right, kneeling figure holding reins in left hand and olive branch tied with fillet in right hand.

The legend reads:

above camel, [M.SCAVR]/AED.CVR
either side of camel, EX - SC
below, [R]EX ARETA[S]

The reverse shows Jupiter in quadriga going left, holding reins in left hand and hurling thunderbolt with right hand;

The legend reads:

below, [C.HYPSAE.COS/PRIEVE or similar
to right, upwards:(CAPTV)

This is one of a common issue, 336 obverse dies and 373 reverse dies known. However, it is an interesting issue. The obverse celebrates the surrender to Scaurus of King Aretas of Nabataea (modern Jordan).

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Weight:3.70 g