Roman Republic, Alus Postumious Albinus, Silver Denarius, Diana/Horseman, 96 BC

Denomination: Silver denarius

Period: Roman republic

Date: 96BC

Origin: Rome mint

Condition: VF+ scarce issue

Obverse: Diademed and draped bust of Diana, right, bow and quiver over shoulder, ROMA below

Reverse: Three horseman galloping left, fallen warrior and two standards in their path, A.ALBINVS in exergue

Size and Weight: 3.8g, 17.5mm

References: Sear 218

Features and Provenance: Aulus Albinus was born about 151BC, belonging to the high ranking Roman family of Postumia. They were traditionally magistrates and Aulus continued in the family business. He spent time in the army under his brother Spurius, but in 109BC he was left to his own devices and led a disastrous attack against Numidia. His forces were ambushed and eventually only allowed to leave if they performed the task of 'passing under the yoke' - a humiliating act of bowing low under a yoke of spears - Rome bowed to no one. News of this humiliation reached Rome and all magistrates where questioned about their conduct - Spurius was admonished for leaving his brother in charge and it seems Aulus himself got away very lightly. However, his military blunders were to continue, when, in 89BC, he instigated the seige of Pompeii harbour; this was so unpopular that the troops stoned him to death. 

 

 

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