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Item:133369250518Roman RepublicanManius Acilius Glabrio (49 BC) Denomination: silver AR denariusWeight: 3.95 gramsDiameter: 19 mmDie Axis: 6 hStruck: 49 BC Mint: Rome mintObverse: Laureate head of Salus right, wearing single drop earring and pearl necklace; SALVTIS upward to leftReverse: Valetudo standing left, holding serpent in right hand and resting left arm on column to right; MN ACILIVS III VIR VALETV around, MN and TV ligate References: Roman Republican Coinage (Crawford) 442/1a; RBW Collection of Roman Republican Coins (RBW) 1556; History & Coinage of the Roman Imperators (Sear) 16Grade / Comments: About Extremely Fine / Very Fine, old cabinet toningFrom Sear's Imperators reference..."When Caesar took possession of Rome early in 49 BC, following the flight of Pompey and his supporters, his urgent need of money was partially met by the production of denarii of the elephant/pontifical emblems type [Sear 9]... However, it was important that the normal production of coinage at the Capitoline mint should be resumed as quickly as possible and to this end Caesar instructed the moneyer Manius Acilius Glabrio, who was probably the son of the consul of 67 BC, to take over the position vacated by the pro-Pompeian Quintus Sicinius who had fled into exile. It cannot be determined whether Acilius already held the office of moneyer prior to Caesar's arrival in Rome, and decided to support the new regime, or whether he was actually Caesar's nominee. The reverse legend, which proclaims him as one of the tresviri monetales (college of three moneyers), may possibly indicate the former as being the more likely alternative. But whatever the origin of his appointment Acilius' coinage is a large and important one and must have played a vital role in the opening phase of Caesar's rule in Rome. The theme of this issue is good health personified by the goddesses Salus and Valetudo. Mommsen (Historie de la monnaie romaine, ii, p. 498) seems to have come up with the best interpretation of the types suggesting that they refer to the arrival in Rome, in 219 BC, of the Greek physician Archagathus who set up his practice at a cross roads named after the Acilia gens, In consequence of this, for some reason which is not entirely clear, the family claimed the notable distinction of having been responsible for the introduction of professional medicine into the city. This coin type, dwelling solely on the moneyer's family history and drawing attention to his constitutional authority through the inclusion of his official title, provides a nice balance to the contemporary and wholly unconstitutional issue in Caesar's name (Sear 9)."Coins are guaranteed genuine. Returns may be made within 14 days for any reason as long as items are unaltered. Buyer to bear cost and risk of return postage.Composition:Silver, Denomination:Denarius
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Man Acilius Glabrio (49 BC) Roman AR silver denarius Caesar coin Crawford 442/1a