M. Herennius. AR Denarius. Rome, 108-107 BC.

Ancient Coins - M. Herennius. AR Denarius. Rome, 108-107 BC.
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M. Herennius. AR Denarius. Rome, 108-107 BC. Obv. Head of Pietas right, PIETAS behind. Rev. Amphinomus, walking right, carrying his father Nisos, X in right field, M. HERENNI behind. Cr. 308/1 b | RSC Herennia 1 | Sydenham 567 a. 3.92g, 18/17mm. VF+, toned.


There are two possible interpretations of this reverse design, each with merit. The first is that the moneyer M. Herennius, who perhaps had a connection with Sicily, chose to illustrate a local example of Piety: the brothers Amphinomus and Anapias, who are supposed to have saved their parents from an eruption of Mt Etna by carrying them from danger on their shoulders. The second interpretation reaches back to the mythological founding of Rome; Aeneas, during the fall of Troy, carried his father Anchises from the burning ruins of the city. Romulus and Remus, the founders of the city of Rome, through their descendence from him, made Aeneas progenitor of the Roman people. Long before Virgil makes reference to ‘pious Aeneas’ in his Aeneid, the Roman concept of piety was threefold; duty to the gods, to one’s homeland and to one’s family, which neatly links the reverse type with the obverse on this coin.

Ancient Coins - M. Herennius. AR Denarius. Rome, 108-107 BC.
Ancient Coins - M. Herennius. AR Denarius. Rome, 108-107 BC.
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