Spain, Corduba. c. 150-100 BC.

Spain, Corduba. c. 150-100 BC.


AE18 or Quadrans, 6.12g (18mm, 9h). Diademed head of Venus right. Behind, [three points]. In front, CN IVLI L F. / Winged Cupid, standing in front, head to left, holding a torch and a horn of plenty. On left, three points. On right, [CORDVBA].

Pedigree: From an American Collection formed in the 1990's

References: Alvarez Burgos 1558; SNG Münich 235; Lindgren I, 86; SNG Cop 462-463; Villaronga 2484

Grade: Pleasant black patina with dusty finish. Good VF  (gk1119)

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Villaronga mentions in his monumental study that the toponym for ancient Corduba is virtually the same as the modern city name which further solidifies the existence of the mint there. Corduba (modern day Cordova) was chosen for a Latin colony in 169 BC by the Roman M. Claudius Marcellus. Marcellus lived alongside the Iberian population already living there. This peace lasted until 143 BC when the Lusitanian leader Viriatus, who occupied the area for 2 years. After this occupation the area went back into Roman hands. Corduba is also known for the Cordoba Treasure which was likely deposited around the time this coin was struck. The treasure is now in the British Museum.