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ID:     160310
Issuer:     Cn. Plancius
Date Ruled:     55 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Denarius
Date Struck:     BC 55
Diameter:     16 mm
Weight:     4.00 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Description:     Head of Diana Planciana right, wearing petasus, earring, and necklace
Reverse Description:     Cretan goat standing right; bow and quiver behind
Primary Reference:     Crawford 432/1
Reference2:     Sydenham 933
Reference3:     Plancia 1
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     VF, attractive dark iridescent tone, a few scratches under toning.
Notes:     Cn. Plancius first served as propraetor in Africa under A. Torquatus and then in Crete in 68 BC under Q. Metellus. In 62 BC he was a military tribune in the army of C. Antonius in Macedonia and in 56 BC was quaestor of Macedonia. Plancius became friends with Cicero, and in 55 BC, after being elected to the curule aedileship, was defended by Cicero against charges of election corruption. The obverse and reverse types refer to his activities in Macedonia and Crete.