L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi
AR Denarius. 3.75g, 19.5mm
MINTED: Rome mint, 90 BC. L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi, moneyer
REF: Crawford 340/1; Sydenham 663; Calpurnia 11
OBVERSE: Laureate head of Apollo right; behind, scorpion.
REVERSE: L · PISO FRVGI, nude horseman holding long palm galloping right; in exergue, XVIII.
Ex Scorpion Collection
Scarce and interesting control symbol.
Part of a large issue struck during the Social War (91-88 BC), when a group of Italian cities and tribes came together to wage war against the Roman Republic. It took massive resources and great effort to quell the uprising, and the quantity of coins struck at Rome reflected the demands placed on the economy to pay the Republic's troops.
ROMAN REPUBLIC . L Cal Piso Frugi, 90 BC . Denarius . Ex Scorpion Collection
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