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Rome - The Republic

Moneyer: L. Thorius Balbus
Held Office: 105 BC
Denomination: Fourrée silver plated denarius
Mint: Rome (if official)
Obverse: Head of Juno Sospita right, wearing goat-skin headdress; "I•S•M•R" downwards behind
Reverse: Bull charging right; control Mark "H" above, "L•THORIVS" below, "BALBVS" in exergue.
Reference: RRC 316/1; RSC Thoria 1; RCVM 192
Weight: 2.8 gms
Diameter: 19.5 mm
Comment: This coin is plated (fouree) and thus is unofficial. The scratch on the face on the obverse is probably a result of testing for a non-silver core.

L. Thorius Balbus

The obverse type alludes to the cult of Juno Sospita at Lanuvium, the moneyer's place of origin. Cicero describes him as a man who lived in such a manner that there was not a single pleasure, however refined or rare, that he did not enjoy.

The reverse type is usually held to allude to the moneyer's nomen by way of the word taurus.

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