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Rome - The Republic

Moneyer: C. Fonteius
Held Office: 114 or 113 BC
Denomination: AR Denarius
Mint: Rome
Obverse: Beardless, laureate, janiform head of the Dioscuri (or Fons/Fontus). Control mark "H" below left chin.
• • • below (part of control mark). "XVI" in monogram below right chin.
Reverse: Galley with pilot and three oarsman. "C•FONT" ("NT" in monogram). In exergue: "ROMA".
Reference: RCVM 167, RSC Fonteia 1, RRC 290/1
Weight: 3.8 gms
Diameter: 19.9 mm

C. Fonteius

This type refers to the naval exploits of P Fonteius Capito, who was praetor in Sardinia in 169 BC. According to RSC, the obverse relates to the origins of the Fonteius gens, which claimed as its founder Fons or Fontus, the son of Janus, in whose honour the Fontinalia (connected with fountains) was held on October 13.

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