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SOLD: Roman Republic, Anonymous, AR Quadrigatus or Didrachm, c. 225-214 BC


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Origin: Rome mint
Authority: Anonymous
Denomination: AR Quadrigatus or Didrachm
Composition: Silver
Date: circa 225-214 BC
Obverse: Head of Janus, laureate, with slight whiskers indicated by two locks of hair
Reverse: Jupiter hurling thunderbolt with right hand and holding sceptre in left, in quadriga right, driven by Victory; horses galloping; l below, on tablet, ROMA (incuse)
Size: 24.38mm, 6.4g, 6h
Grade: EF, fine style, broad flan, traces of overstriking on another quadrigatus on reverse, attractive cabinet toning
Provenance: ex Numismatica Ars Classica Auction 114, Part I (7 May 2019), Lot 371
References: BMCRR II Romano-Campanian 78-88; Sydenham 64; RBW 64; Crawford 28/3; Kestner 90; Historia Numorum Italy 334; RSC I 23
General: The quadrigatus was issued by the Roman Republic during the 3rd century BC before the standardisation of the denarius. On the obverse is Janus, the god of beginnings and endings. He is represented as having two faces in opposite directions, one looking into the future, the other looking into the past. On the reverse, is Jupiter, the king of the gods, and the equivalent of the greek god Zeus. He is shown riding on a quadriga, a chariot driven by four hourses, for which this coin derives its name.
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