|Moneyer:||M. Aemilius Scaurus and P. Plautius Hypsaeus|
|Held Office:||58 BC|
|Obverse:||King Aretas of Nabataea in attitude of suplication, kneeling right beside camel, presenting olive-branch, "M•SCVR" above, "EX - S•C" in field, "AED•CVR" in exergue.|
|Reverse:||Jupiter in quadriga left, brandishing thunderbolt, "P•HVPSAEVS / AED•CVR" above. "C•HVPSAE•COS / PREIVER" in exergue. "CAPTVM" on right.|
|Reference:||RCVM 378, RSC Aemilia 9, RRC 422/1a|
|Comment:||The precise date of the curule aedileship of Scaurus and Hypsaeus has been recorded, providing a valuable fixed point of chronology of the later Republican coinage. The remarkable obverse type commemorates the surrender in 62 BC of Aretes III, king of the Nabataean Arabs, to Scaurus himself, the first instance of a moneyer publicising an event from his own career on the coinage.|
M. Aemilius Scaurus
Marcus Aemilius Scaurus was a Roman politician of the 1st century BC and son of Marcus Aemilius Scaurus and Caecilia Metella Dalmatica.
Scaurus lost his father when he was very young, but his education was ensured by several other family friends. Pompey the Great was briefly married to his sister Aemilia Scaura and, even after her death, Pompey continued to take personal interest in the young man.
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