denarius serratus from 79 BC
Obv.: Head of Juno Sospita r., wearing goat skin tied under chin.Behind head, symbol.
Rev.: Grypon running r.; in ex., L. PAPI.; in field, symbol.
This coin is an example of symbols 2 (amphora / hydria) in Crawford's RRC
Photo from CNG coin shop no. 157812
Sydenham proposed that the symbols represent trade guilds (collegia opificum) in "Symbols on Denarii of L. Papius and L. Roscius",Numismatic Chronicle, 1931, pp 1-13
Crawford in RRC, suggested that there is no such assosciation with the collegia. Rather he believes they are a "random selection of pairs of everyday objects"
|Statue of Juno Sospita in the Round Hall in the Vatican Museums.|
Juno Sospita (Juno the Savior) was a Roman goddess. Follow the link to wikipedia for more information
RRC stands for "Roman Republican Coinage" by Michael Crawford, 1974. RRC numbers are from plates lxvi and lxvii. RRC lists 211 varieties.
BMCRR stands for "British Museum Catalogue of Coins of the Roman Republic" by Herbert Grueber, 1910. BMCRR numbers are from page 371 of volume 1 BMCRR lists 119 varieties.
Babelon stands for "Monnaies de la Republique Romain" by E. Babelon, 1885. The L. Papius coins are described in volume 2, p. 279. Babelon illustrates 150 varieties. Click here to see them.
CNR stands for "Corpus Nummorum Romanorum Monetazione Repubblicana Volume VII Papia-Quinctilia" by A. Banti, 1982 in Italian and English. It includes 189 L. Papius coins plus one incuse and one imitation. They are organized in categories based on related symbol pairs and the symbols are identified (in Italian *). The photos are taken from auction catalogs, museum collections, and private collections. The weight is listed for most of them. * Volume I is also useful because it includes drawings of the symbols with the Italian and English meaning. In volume VII only the Italian names of the symbols are printed with each photo
"The Messagne Hoard" by Charles Hersh and Alan Walker. Museum Notes 29. The American Numismatic Society, New York, 1984.
Wildwinds lists several examples of this type of denarius
Phil Davis' site on Imitations of Roman Republican Denarii
L. Papius in the Fitzwilliam Museum Collection
RRC 384/1 in the British Museum Collection
Most noteworthy are two specimens bequeathed by Charles A Hersh. Specifically:
L. Papi on acsearch.info
L. Papius ANS
My collection: The Bonanno Ancient Coin Collection
Entries are numbered in the same order as on the plates in RRC. Varieties which are not in RRC are numbered sequentially following those which are shown in RRC. The first such coin is numbered as 212
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