Roman Republic. Q. Pomponius Musa. Rome, 66 BC

Roman Republic. Q. Pomponius Musa. Rome, 66 BC


AR Denarius, 3.76g (18mm, 6h). Q·POMPONI – MVSA Head of Apollo r., hair tied with band. Rev. HERCVLES – MVSARVM Hercules standing r., wearing lion skin and playing lyre; in lower field r., club.

Pedigree: Ex Hess-Divo 332, 2017, lot 82

References: Babelon Pomponia 8. Sydenham 810. RBW –. Crawford 410/1.

Grade: Lovely toning with wear on the high points. aEF (rr1123)

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The Republican Muse series is among the most lovely of Republican coinage. Not a lot is known of the moneyer but it is obvious that a pun on his name was the intention of this series. There are nine muses of the series: Melpomene, the muse of tragic drama, Terpsichore, the muse of dance, Erato, the muse of erotic or lyrical poetry, Polyhymnia, the muse of sacred poetry, Urania, the muse of astronomy, Thalia, the muse of comedy, and finally this coin, Hercules, the leader of the muses. This coin is the last of the series and showcases Apollo and Hercules. It is one of the more scarcer and desirable versions.