Roman Republic coin, silver, AR denarius. Marcus Porcius Laeca, of the plebeian gens Porcia, a moneyer (tresviri monetalis) in 125 B.C.E. The winged-helmed head of Pallas-Nicephora with a denarial symbol in front of the necklace in profile, on obverse with the inscription "LAECA", left. On reverse, a female in a galloping quadriga holds the reins and a sceptre in her left hand, and with her extended right exhibits a pileus, or freed-man's cap; a flying Victory above is in the act of placing a garland on her head with the inscriptions "M.PORC" under the horses and "ROMA" in the exergum.
Date: 125 B.C.E.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2000 (Vol I), #146, pg 101; Also Edward A. Sydenham, The Coinage of the Roman Republic, London, 1952, p.63, 513.
|Title||M. Porcius Laeca|
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|