C. Vibius C.f. C.n. Pansa Caetronianus, Rome 48 BC

C. Vibius C.f. C.n. Pansa Caetronianus, Rome 48 BC

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AR Denarius, 4.01g (16mm, 5h). Laureate head of Libertas right / Roma seated right, head facing, on pile of shields, with right foot on globe, holding scepter and being crowned by Victory

Pedigree: Ex Vico, 9 June 1992, lot 337

References: Crawford 449/4; CRI 23; Sydenham 949; Vibia 20

Grade: Some wear on reverse and off-center obverse. Fabulous iridescent toning and good strike. EF (rr1071)

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The obverse of this coin shows a laureate head of Libertas, the female embodiment of liberty and freedom. The association between Libertas and Roma was evoked when the Roman Senate voted to build a temple honoring Libertas for Julius Caesar in just two years later. Liberty was often seen wearing a laurel wreath or a pileus, which was a conical cap worn by freed slaves. At the time this coin was struck the notion of liberty was an important theme for the Romans.