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Roman L. Antestius Gragulus Silver Denarius 136BC

Denomination: Silver denarius

Period: Roman republic

Date: 136BC

Origin: Rome mint

Condition: Almost very fine

Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma, right, X below chin, GRAG behind (the mark of value XVI in monogram)

Reverse: Jupiter in quadriga, right, brandishing thunderbolt, L ANTES below, ROMA below

Size and Weight: 21mm, 4.77g

References: Sear 115

Features and Provenance: Nothing is known about this moneyer other than his coins, but he sometimes put a Jackdaw on them, an allusion to his cognomen 'graculus'.

The quadriga on the reverse, was an unusual configuration for the horses instead of the more usual two in front and two behind, as it was particularly unstable. It was used in the Olympic games and other contests as it symbolised triumph and was the chariot of the gods. Apollo is typically depicted driving one as he delivered daylight and disperses night. 

 

 

Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades in-between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible

 

 

 

 

 

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