Roman Republic - Roscia 3 Denarius -64 BC

Ancient Coins - Roman Republic - Roscia 3 Denarius -64 BC
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Obv: Bust of Juno right wearing a goat's skin "L.ROSCI" below

Rev: Female standing right feeding a serpent "FABATI" in exergue

Roscia 3

The reverse refer to an annual festival where a virgin descended into the grotto under the temple of Juno with food for the serpent that lived there.  The belief being that if she was pure, she would survive and return home to much rejoicing.  If unpure....
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