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.
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
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