P. FONTEIUS P. F. CAPITO. Denarius (55 BC). Rome. NGC XF The Roman Praetor who was given Sardinia for his public service

Ancient Coins - P. FONTEIUS P. F. CAPITO. Denarius (55 BC). Rome. NGC XF The Roman Praetor who was given Sardinia for his public service

P. FONTEIUS P. F. CAPITO. Denarius (55 BC). Rome.

P. Fonteius P.f. Capito, Denarius, Rome, 55 BC; AR (3.72gm; 18mm; 6 h); Helmeted and draped bust of Mars r., with trophy over shoulder; around, P FONTEIVS P F - CAPITO III VIR, Rv. Horseman r., thrusting spear at enemy who is about to slay unarmed captive; in r. field, helmet and shield; above, MN - FONT TR - MIL. Crawford 429/1; Fonteia 17; Sydenham 900.

Cabinet tone, extremely fine.



Publius Fonteius Capito was praetor in BC 169. He served Rome well and was awarded the province of Sardinia as his reward. This coin, featuring a bearded Mars on the obverse, exists in a number of variations. The differences are mainly on the obverse. On all of them, except one, Mars is smiling or almost smiling, which is a little unusual for the time. The size of the bust varies between versions and Mars’ nose transitions from a long, straight bridged latin nose to a much smaller nose that turns up at the end. Perhaps the engravers used their own nose as a model for Mars.



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Ancient Coins - P. FONTEIUS P. F. CAPITO. Denarius (55 BC). Rome. NGC XF The Roman Praetor who was given Sardinia for his public service
Ancient Coins - P. FONTEIUS P. F. CAPITO. Denarius (55 BC). Rome. NGC XF The Roman Praetor who was given Sardinia for his public service
Ancient Coins - P. FONTEIUS P. F. CAPITO. Denarius (55 BC). Rome. NGC XF The Roman Praetor who was given Sardinia for his public service

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