Sacrificial Implements on Cast Coinage

This anonymous Etruscan series (based on an as of c. 177g) seems to demonstrate a continuity of symbolism between 3rd century inland Etruria and 1st century Rome regarding symbols of the priesthood.  HN Italy 68a-e, Haeberlin pp 273-5, Vicari 219-23.

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[Why can’t I find a digitized copy of Haeberlin’s Aes Grave?  He died in 1925.  Even allowing the full 80 years post the  author’s death (German pre 1965 law), this would still have put it out of copyright more than a decade ago!]

A Coin about Coins

“Paestum. Semis early first century, æ 4.28 g. Q· LAR·PR Scales weighting ear of corn; in exergue, Pæ. Rev. SPDDS·S Two workmen in the act of coining; in field l., MIL. In exergue, S. SNG Copenhagen 1372. M. Crawford, Studies Price, Paestum and Rome. The Form and Function of a Subsidiary Coinage, 25/1. Historia Numorum 1238.”

Crawford interprets the legend as ” Q. Laur(entius ?) praetor sua pecunia dono dedit Senatus sententia milia (or miliens): “The praetor Q. Laur. out of his own money and by consent of the Senate (of Paestum) gave as a present (to his fellowcitizens) thousands (of this coin)”. To what end is suggested by the obverse; to buy a measure of subsidised wheat.”

[Text taken from auction description. Click image to go to acsearch.info entry.]