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ID:     75000903
Type:     Roman Republican
Issuer:     P. Cornelius Lentulus Marcellinus [COS QUINQ]
Date Ruled:     50 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Denarius
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC 50
Weight:     3.76 g
Die Axis:     5 h
Obverse Legend:     MARCELLINVS
Obverse Description:     Bare head of the consul M. Claudius Marcellus right; triskeles behind
Reverse Legend:     COS Q VIN Q / MARCELLVS
Reverse Description:     M. Claudius Marcellus advancing right, carrying trophy into tetrastyle temple
Mint:     Rome
Primary Reference:     Crawford 439/1
Reference2:     RSC Claudia 11
Reference3:     Syd 1147
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=103811
Grade:     VF, light toning, minor porosity
Notes:     Sale: CNG 75, Lot: 903 Rare. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 50 (23 June 1999), lot 1334.This moneyer, presumably the quaestor of 48 BC, here honors his most famous ancestor, the holder of five consulships and one of the principal Roman heroes of the Second Punic War. The triskeles alludes to his conquest of Sicily in 212-210 BC, the spoils from which rescued the state from imminent bankruptcy. The reverse type commemorates his spolia opima, the arms won in 222 BC when, as consul, he slew an Insubrian chieftain with his own hands in the course of the Roman conquest of Cisalpine Gaul.