Q. Pomponius Musa
AR Denarius. 3.56g, 18.5mm
MINTED: Rome mint, 56 BC. Q. Pomponius Musa, moneyer.
REF: Pomponia 18; Sydenham 820; Crawford 410/7c
OBVERSE: Laureate head of Apollo right; behind, tortoise.
REVERSE: Terpsichore standing right holding square lyre in left hand and plectrum in right; behind Q·POMPONI and before, MVSA.
Almost Very Fine. Good, clean metal. A couple of banker's marks on the obverse.
Part of a scarce and interesting series of denarii struck by the moneyer Pomponious Musa, who is known only from his coinage. The depiction of the divine Muses on his coinage series was a play on his family name.
In Greek mythology, Terpsichore was one of the daughters of Zeus, and the divine Muse of dance, lyric poetry, and choral singing. Her name is derived from the Greek words for 'delight' and 'dance'. By Achelous, ancient god of all rivers and springs, Terpsichore was the mother of the Sirens.
ROMAN REPUBLIC . Q Pomponius Musa, 56 BC . Denarius . Terpsichore, Muse of Dance
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