Curtisimo Posted July 2, 2022 · Supporter Share Posted July 2, 2022 (edited) ROMAN REPUBLIC Q. Minucius Rufus, moneyer AR Denarius, Rome mint. 122 BC Wt.: 3.73g Dia.: 19.9mm Obv.: Helmeted head of Roma right; X (mark of value) below chin, RVF behind. Rev.: Dioscuri on horseback riding right; Q MINV / ROMA below. Ref.: Crawford 277/1; Sydenham 421 Ex Archer M. Huntington Collection (1870-1955); American Numismatic Society (1001.1.25440) as part of a loan from the Hispanic Society of America in 1947; (CNG E-auction 328, June 11, 2014), lot 429; Ex Minotaur Coins, purchased May 2022. The MoneyerQ Minucius Rufus The moneyer who struck this coin was Q Minucius Rufus. He was a member of the gens Minucia, which was one of the oldest families in Republican Rome. The original branch of the family was patrician, but the branch that Q Minucius Rufus belonged to was plebian. This was not uncommon among great Roman families and presumably one of Q. M. Rufus’s ancestors had been adopted into a plebian family in order to be eligible for the Tribunate. Rufus means “red” in Latin, which may be a reference to hair color. Several members of the Rufus branch of the family held consulships and at least one important member was killed in the Battle at Cannae against Hannibal. Crawford notes that Q Minucius Rufus may have been a supporter of Gaius Gracchus as were many of the Moneyers from 123-121 BC. Interestingly, a man named Minucius Rufus was Tribune in 121 BC and acted against Gracchus to repeal a law authorizing a colony at the site of ruined Carthage. This Minucius Rufus may have been the Moneyer’s (Q Minucius Rufs) younger brother. If one, or both, of the brothers were Gracchus supporters, they seem to have escaped the retribution of the Senate in the aftermath of Gracchus’s downfall and suicide in 121 BC. In 110 BC Q Minucius Rufus served as Legatus and his younger brother was made Consol in that same year. The ProvenanceThe Archer M. Huntington III Collection Archer Huntington (1870-1955) was the stepson (and rumored biological son) of the railroad magnate Collis P. Huntington. The Huntington fortune was built on railroads. Collis was a primary investor in the first transcontinental railroad and played a key role in building lines that now make up the most important parts of the Union Pacific and CSX Railway networks. When Collis died in 1900, Archer inherited a vast fortune that allowed him to turn his efforts toward philanthropy and supporting the arts. He was particularly passionate about Spanish culture. He established the Hispanic Society of America in 1904. His personal art collection was centered on the cultures of the Iberian Peninsula and any culture that interacted with them (however indirectly). He amassed one of the finest private coin collections in the world at that time. He joined the American Numismatic Society in 1899 and served as its president from 1905 to 1910. He provided both the encouragement and funding to build the ANS building at Audubon Terrace in 1907 which served as the association’s headquarters until 2007. The ANS building (far right) shown next to the HSA building (center) shortly after their construction (Photo taken in 1908). Courtesy of Archives, American Numismatic Society In 1947 Archer Huntington loaned a group of about 38,000 coins from his collection to the ANS in a transfer documented as the “1947 Loan.” Before 1947 the coins were held in storage by the HSA. My new coin was numbered 25440 of this group by the HSA. Mr. Huntington officially transferred the ownership of these coins to the HSA in 1949. The coins continued to be on loan to the ANS. In 2007, the HSA cancelled the Huntington Collection loan to the ANS and requested the coins be returned to them. There was a subsequent legal battle that ended with the HSA recovering the collection. In March of 2012 the entire collection was sold by Sotheby’s to a group of dealers. Please Post your; ROMA / Dioscuri denarii Crude but charming coins Ex ANS or Huntington provenances Coins of the gens Minucia Edited July 3, 2022 by Curtisimo 27 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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