M. Volteius M.f.
Moneyer, 75 BC
AR Denarius. 3.65g, 17.1mm
MINTED: Rome mint, 75 BC
REF: Crawford 385/1; Sydenham 774; Volteia 1
OBVERSE: Laureate head of Jupiter right.
REVERSE: Façade of the Aedes Iovis Optimi Maximi Capitolini (Temple of Jupiter on Capitoline Hill), with winged thunderbolt in pediment; M. VOLTEI. MF in exergue.
Good Very Fine. Nicely toned and well-detailed.
Interesting architectural type.
The reverse of this coin of M. Volteius features the facade of the temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus ("the Best and Greatest"). It was built on the Capitoline Hill in 590 BC, and was the most important temple in Rome. The building was of Etruscan style, and the large structure housed a separate cella, or inner chamber, for each of the Capitoline Triad - Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva. The temple burned down in 83 BC, and at the time of the striking of this coin, in 75 BC, had not yet been fully rebuilt.
ROMAN REPUBLIC . M Volteius, 75 BC . Denarius . Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus
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