Crepusias, Limetanus Censorinus. Rome, c. 82 BC

Crepusias, Limetanus Censorinus. Rome, c. 82 BC


AR Denarius, 4.18g (17mm, 6h) L·CENSO[RIN] Diademed, draped, and veiled bust of Venus r., wearing earring and pearl necklace. Rev. Venus in biga r.; above control numeral, below horses, C·LIMETA and in exergue, P·CREPVSI.

References:  Crawford 360/1b; Sydenham 736a

Grade: Lovely iridescent toning. Slightly off-center but sharp strike. EF  (rr1060)

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The year this coin was struck was a turbulent time in Rome. In 82 BC Sulla defeated the Samnites at the Battle of the Colline Gate and subsequently marched into Rome as dictator. Sulla also was working closely with the young Gnaeus Pompeius (later known as Pompey the Great) who was ordered to stamp out rebels in Sicily and Africa. Julius Caesar served as Sulla’s subordinate in the East. 

The moneyer of this coin is unknown aside from this coin. The lovely imagery of the Venus on the obverse is in stark contrast to the bloodshed and conflict that were occurring all around.