Roman Republic. C. Hosidius Geta C. f. Rome, 68 BC

Roman Republic. C. Hosidius Geta C. f. Rome, 68 BC


AR Denarius, 3.84g (16mm, 4h). GETA – III·VIR Draped bust of Diana r., with bow and quiver over shoulder / Boar r. wounded by spear and attacked by hound; in exergue, C·HOSIDI C F.
References: Babelon Hosidia 2. Sydenham 904. RBW 1455. Crawford 407/1.

Grade: Darker brown patina with minor roughness and encrustation. EF for issue (rr1124)

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The coinage of the Roman Republic is a beautiful mixture of Greek and Roman elements. One sees lovely imagery, various gods/goddesses, quadrigas and dramatic scenes depicted. The coin is clearly Roman, however, with the denomination and practice of naming specific people. Moneyers grace the names of the coins versus the emperor which occurs some 80 years later. Many a collector of coins has begun their hobby by purchasing Republican coins. While some can run into the thousands, many are attainable for far less and in high quality.