M. Porcius Cato

AR Quinarius. 1.77g, 15.5mm

MINTED: Rome mint, 89 BC
REF: Crawford 343/2b
OBVERSE: M CATO (AT ligate), head of Liber wearing ivy wreath right, control below.

REVERSE: VICTRIX (TR ligate), Victory seated on throne right, holding palm branch and patera.

Almost Very Fine. Toned.

Valued at 5 asses, this silver fractional coin was struck in smaller quantities than the more common denarii. 


Historical Notes: 

Not much is known of the M. Porcius Cato who was the moneyer who issued this coin in 89 BC, at the end of the Social War (91-88 BC).  He was certainly a relation of M. Porcius Cato (Cato the Younger), the famed orator who was an implacabl  enemy of Julius Caesar, and who also struck a quinarius using these very same types, but some 40 years later during Caesar's Civil War (49-45 BC).

ROMAN REPUBLIC . M. Porcius Cato, 89 BC . Quinarius . Scarcer small denomination

SKU: 1062
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