Denarius Antestia: Gaius Antistius; C ANTESTI / ROMA
Roman Republic (ancient)
|Type||Standard circulation coin|
|Currency||Denarius (cca 280 BC-41 BC)|
Sear, David R.; 2000. Roman Coins and their Values, Vol. 1 - The Republic and the Twelve Caesars. Spink.RSC# 1,
Michael H. Crawford; 1974. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge University Press, London.CRR# 411
Edward Allen Sydenham; 1952. The Coinage of the Roman Republic. Spink & Son, London.
Helmeted head of Roma right, mark of value below chin; behind, part of moneyer mark with ANTE in monogram.
C • ANTESTI
Translation: Gaius Antestius
Dioscuri galloping right, each holding horizontal spear; inscription in exergue.
Part of moneyer mark under the horses as a puppy running right with both fore-feet raised.
The gens Antestia, sometimes Antistia, was a plebeian family at Rome; the name of Antestia is certainly older given the family coinage comparison and evolution. The first of the gens to achieve prominence was Sextus Antistius, tribune of the people in 422 BC.
Sometimes the two parts of moneyer mark are inverted: lettering on reverse and puppy on obverse.
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|ND (-146)||Rome, puppy on obverse|
|ND (-146)||Rome, puppy on reverse|
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