M. Sergius Silus
Quaestor, 116/5 BC
AR Denarius. 3.88g, 18.5mm
MINTED: Rome mint, 116-115 BC
REF: Crawford 286/1
OBVERSE: Head of Roma right; ROMA and XVI monogram behind; EX S C
REVERSE: Helmeted horseman galloping left, holding sword and severed Gallic head in left hand; Q (for Quaestor) below; M.SERGI, SILVS in exergue.
Ex Eucharius Collection
Good Very Fine/Very Fine. Lustrous metal; particularly bold obverse with some light iridescence.
The reverse of this coin depicts the moneyer's grandfather, M. Sergius Silus, a legendary war hero of the Republic who was something of a Roman Rambo. He proved his bravery in numerous campaigns, and in the course of two of them, was stabbed and wounded twenty-three times. During the Second Punic War (218-201 BC), he was captured twice by forces of the Carthaginian general Hannibal, and on both occasions he escaped even though he was bound in chains. When he lost his right arm fighting against the Celts in 218 BC, he had it replaced with one made of iron so he could continue to go into battle.
ROMAN REPUBLIC . M Sergius Silus, 116/5 BC . Denarius . Silus with severed head
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