Ryro Posted January 2 · Supporter Share Posted January 2 (edited) I picked up my first coin of the new year today. An RR from the very end of the life of Rome's Republic by a friend of Julius Caesar: T. Carisius Silver Denarius. Rome, 46 BC. 3,54 g // 20 mm Obv: Head of Roma r., wearing ornate crested helmet. Rev: Sceptre, cornucopia on globe, and rudder; all within laurel wreath. Crawford 464/3a; RBW 1615; RSC Carisia 4.VF "The obverse of this denarius recalls the first coins of the Republic with the helmeted head of Rome. The reverse exalts Rome's dominance on land and sea and perhaps also recalls Caesar's quadruple triumph over his enemies. The scepter represents the land power of the armies, the rudder the sea power of the fleet. The cornucopia placed on the globe symbolizes universal happiness and prosperity. History: The monetary college of 46 BC includes three monetary: Manius Cordus Rufus, Titus Carisius and Caius Considius Pوtus. Titus Carisius exalts Caesar's origins in his monetary iconography and participates in the celebration of Caesar's quadruple triumph that year. Vercingetorix, after having participated in the triumph of the imperator, is strangled at the Mamertine. The career of Titus Carisius is poorly known outside of his monetary triumvirate." 1- Surely the cornucopia atop the globe is showing how plentiful things are... but what's up with the messy latitude by longitude/ broken tic tac toe board on the globe? B- We knew factually the Earth was round, though many believed it was even before, back when Eratosthenes was figuring nearly the exact circumference of the Earth in 240BCE. Is the globe depicted truly supposed to be the Earth? 3- Who knew that a people as conservative as the ancient Romans built 1980's electric guitars??? Other coins of Carisius from 46 BCE: T. Carisius (46 BC) AR Denarius Obverse: Winged bust of Victory right with a jewel in the forehead and diadem of pearls. Reverse: T•CARISI Victory in quadriga right, holding reins in left hand and wreath in right hand. Silver, diameter 18,7 x 19,1 mm, weight 3,97 g. Purchased from GNDM June 2022 And the most popular amongst numismatists, for obvious reasons, come on these are the tools used to create our favorite hobby... money! T. Carisius. Circa 46 BC. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.34 gm). Head of Juno right / T. CARISIVS above minting implements, all within wreath: wreathed cap of Vulcan, resembling reverse die, above moneyer’s anvil between tongs and hammer. Crawford 464/2; Sear, CRI 70; Carisia 1a. NVF, Purchased from Savoca Jan 2022 Please share if you have any coins of Carisius or from this time, I know I'm missing at least one other Carisius and that @DonnaML had the best example of it that I've ever seen with the Sphinx (hint, hint, we'd love to see it), ideas, thoughts or answers to my questions, more rudders *The only prescription (proscription) is more rudders that look like the flying V or other 80's guest styles, laughs or anything else you've got to add. Edited January 2 by Ryro 15 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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