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90 BC Roman Republic AR Denarius Vibius Pansa Apollo Minerva Quadriga S-242


90 BC Roman Republic AR Denarius Vibius Pansa Apollo Minerva Quadriga S-242

  • 90 BC Roman Republic AR Denarius coin
  • Issued by the moneyer C. Vibius C.f. Pansa
    • A moneyer is someone who physically creates money; moneyers have a long tradition, dating back at least to ancient Greece; they became most prominent in the Roman Republic, continuing into the empire
  • Obverse features a laureate bust of Apollo, facing right, with "PANSA" behind
    • Apollo is one of the most important and complex of the Olympian deities in classical Greek and Roman religion and Greek and Roman mythology
    • The ideal of the kouros (a beardless, athletic youth), Apollo has been variously recognized as a god of light and the sun, truth and prophecy, healing, plague, music, poetry, and more
    • Apollo is the son of Zeus and Leto, and has a twin sister, the chaste huntress Artemis
  • Reverse depicts Minerva holding trophy and spear in quadriga, charging right, with "C VIBIVS CF" in exerge
    • Minerva was the virgin goddess of music, poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, crafts, and magic
    • From the 2nd century BC onwards, the Romans equated her with the Greek goddess Athena
  • Struck from silver
  • Diameter: 18 mm (at widest point)
  • Weight: 3.8 grams
  • Catalog number: Sear#242, RRC#342/5, CRR#684-84c, RSC#Viba1+2
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Reference Item # ANC-1274

JBC 12/12/14