MN. AQUILLIUS MN.F. MN.N. 65 BC. (AR Serrate Denarius 3.90g 21mm 6h) Rome mint SUPERB EF with iridescent tone

Ancient Coins - MN. AQUILLIUS MN.F. MN.N. 65 BC. (AR Serrate Denarius 3.90g 21mm 6h) Rome mint  SUPERB EF with iridescent tone
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MN. AQUILLIUS MN.F. MN.N.   65 BC. (AR Serrate Denarius  3.90g  21mm  6h)    Rome mint. 
OBV.  Helmeted and draped bust of Virtus right with VIRTVS upwards to right, and III VIR downards to left. 
RV.  Mn. Aquillius standing right, holding shield and raising up kneeling figure of Sicily; (MN) AQVIL upwards to right.  (MN) • F • (MN) • N downward to left.     SICIL in exergue. 
Crawford 401/1       Sydenham 798       Aquillia 2. 
SUPERB EF with iridescent toning.
From the Byron Schieber Collection. Ex. Classical Numismatic Auctions II (November 7, 1987)  lot #304.
        "The moneyer is perhaps attested as already a Senator in 74 BC. (Cicero, Cluent. 127), but is not otherwise known. His reverse type alludes to the beneficia conferred on Sicily by his grandfather, Mn. Aquillius, Consul in 101 BC., who displayed virtue/valor during the war and was responsible for ending the slave war."  Crawford p.412

     "This coin refers to the successes in Sicily of Man. Aquillius and to the exceptional valor which he displayed throughout the war."  Seaby
        "The moneyer was probably the son of Manius Aquillius, who shared the consulship with Gaius Marius in 101 BC. Following the consulship, Aquillius was sent to crush the slave revolt in Sicily. He completely subdued the insurgents, and earned a triumph in Rome in 100 BC. In 98 BC., Lucius Fufius accused Aquillius of corruption during his governance of Sicily. In the trial he was defended by Marcus Antonius Orator (the grandfather of Marc Antony), and despite overwhelming evidence against him, he was acquitted as a result of his military achievements."  The Life of Marius by Plutarch
 

 
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