L. CORNELIUS LENTULUS and C. CLAUDIUS MARCELLUS (Consuls in 49 BC.) Illyricum: Apollonia, 49 BC. (AR Denarius 3.9g 17mm) Lustrous, irridescent, VERY RARE, EXTREMELY FINE

Ancient Coins - L. CORNELIUS LENTULUS and C. CLAUDIUS MARCELLUS (Consuls in 49 BC.)  Illyricum: Apollonia, 49 BC. (AR Denarius 3.9g 17mm) Lustrous, irridescent, VERY RARE, EXTREMELY FINE
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L. CORNELIUS LENTULUS and C. CLAUDIUS MARCELLUS (Consuls in 49 BC.)  Illyricum: Apollonia, 49 BC. (AR Denarius 3.9g 17mm) VERY RARE, EXTREMELY FINE
OBV.  Head of Apollo right, close-fitting band obscured by fullness of hair, L  LENT  C   MARC (NT and MA ligatured) before, COS behind. 
RV. Nude Jupiter standing half-right, holding thunderbolt in right hand and in left palm eagle standing half-right with head reverted, garlanded altar before, star over Q in left field.   RRC 445/2    CRI 5   Syd-844     Crawford 445/2     Seaby 65 Cornelia       Sear 415               Ex. A. Lynn Collection.             "The exiled consuls for 49 BC. here strike in support of Pompey."   Sear 415
      "Struck for the two consuls of 49 BC both of whom supported the party of Pompey & were violently opposed to Caesar, on whose approach to Rome they fled to Sicily where this coin was struck. They then went, via Greece, to Asia Minor. The triskelis is taken from the early coins of Syracuse & the Jupiter reverse is claimed to be a copy of the famous statue of Zeus Eleutherios, by Myron, which was set up by the Syracusans as a memorial to their freedom in 460 BC."  Seaby
         "Major families of "new republic" formed around 508 BC. had different privileges i.e. commoners (plebes) & patricians (patricii); The six major families being; the Aemilii, the Claudii, the Cornelii, the Fabii, the Manlii, & the Valerii."     A B C ET CETERA by Alexander & Nicholas Humez 1985 p.161
 
 
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