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Object Description
Title/Object Name
Ob: S(enatus) C(onsulto) | Re: P(ublius) CRASSVS M(arci) F(ilius)
c. 55 BCE
1st century BCE
Portfolio / Series Title
Roman Imperatorial
Diameter, 0.8268 In, 2.1 Cm
Weight, 0.0081 Pounds, 3.682 Grams
P.L. Crassus Ob: Bust of Venus draped, laureate, with diadem, earring, and necklace, behind S(enatus) C(onsulto) Re: Female figure leading horse left and holding spear with left hand; at feet a cuirass and shield.
Credit Line
Gift of Wilton Jaffee to the University of Colorado Classics Department (2003), Transfer, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder
This was a common type of denarius issued under the moneyer P. Crassus, younger son of Triumvir M. Licinius Crassus. A monetalis was a promising position in the cursus honorum, or succession of offices. Young men with senatorial heritage would climb through the ranks of various administrative and military stations, and so build a political career over time, ideally eventually following in their fathers’ footsteps and becoming senators themselves. P. Crassus was held in high regard in Rome, and would have certainly only continued in his success, but he died along with his father while attempting to invade the Parthians. The reverse of this coin has been a contentious issue, and its reference remains obscure, however the obverse of this coin features Venus, likely a nod to Licinius Crassus’s fellow Triumvir, Julius Caesar, who claimed descent from the goddess. KHK.
Object ID
RRC, 454, no. 430/1



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