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Rome - The Republic

Moneyer: L. Scribonius Libo
Held Office: 62 BC
Denomination: AR Denarius
Mint: Rome
Obverse: Diademed head of Bonus Eventus. "LIBO" behind, "BON•EVENT" in front.
Reverse: The "Puteal Scribonianum" well decorated with two lyres, hammer and branches. "PVTEAL" above, "SCRIBON." in exergue.
Reference: RCVM 367 RSC Scribonia 8a, RRC 416/1a
Weight: 3.9 gms
Diameter: 19.6 mm
Comment: The Reverse shows the "The Puteal Scribonianum" well in the Forum near the Arch of Fabius. The remains were discovered during excavations in 1950. "BONUM (or BONUS) EVENTUS" = good fortune.


An earlier L. Scribonius Libo, tribune of the plebs, in 149BC, accused Servilius Sulpcius Galba of the outrages which had committed against the Lusitanians. It was possibly this Libo who consecrated the Puteal Sribonianum or Puteal Libonis, which is frequently mentioned by ancient writers. The Puteal was an enclosed place in the forum, near the Arcus Fabianus, and was so called from its being open at the top, like a puteal or well. It appears that there was only one such puteal at Rome, and not two, as is generally believed. It was repaired and re-dedicated by Libo, who erected in its nearby a tribunal for the praetor, and consequently was used by people bringing law-suits, etc.

L. Scribonius Libo (maybe this one?), was the father-in-law of Sextus Pompey, the son of Pompey the Great. On the breaking out of the civil war in 49, he sided with Pompey, and was given command of Etruria. Shortly afterwards he accompanied Pompey to Greece, and was actively engaged in the war that ensued. On the death of Bibulus (48) he had the given command of the Pompeian fleet. In the civil wars following Caesar's death, he followed the fortunes of his son-in-law Sextus Pompey. In 40, Octavian married his sister Scribonia, and this marriage was followed by a peace between the triumvirs and Pompey (39). When the war was renewed in 36, Libo for a time supported Pompey, but, seeing his cause hopeless, he deserted him in the following year. In 34, he was consul with Mark Antony.

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