L. Caecilius Metellus Diadematus
Moneyer, 128 BC
Silver Denarius. 3.96g, 18.9mm
MINTED: Rome mint, 128 BC
REF: Crawford 262/1; Sydenham 496; Caecilia 38
OBVERSE: Helmeted head of Roma right; mark of value behind.
REVERSE: Pax driving galloping biga right, holding olive branch, sceptre, and reins; below, elephant’s head right, wearing bell, ROMA below.
Very Fine. Nicely toned with hints of gold and blue.
This issue does not bear the name of the moneyer, but it is likely to be L. Caecilius Metellus Diadematus, who later became consul in 119 BC. The Caecilii Metelli were a very old and illustrious Roman family, and they used the elephant device as an emblem to recall the glory of their ancestor L. Caecilius Metellus's victory against the Carthaginian general Hasdrubal and his war elephants in Sicily in 251 BC.
ROMAN REPUBLIC . L Caecilius Metellus Diadematus, 128 BC . Denarius . Pax Biga
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