Roman Republic coin, silver, AE quinarius. Minted by Lucius Calpurnius Piso L. F. Frugi, of the plebeian gens Calpurnia, a moneyer (tresviri monetalis) in 90 B.C.E. The laureate head of Apollo in profile, on obverse with no inscriptions. On reverse, a winged figure representing Victory stands to the right, holding a wreath in right hand and a palm over the shoulder, with the inscriptions "PI/SO" left and right of Victory and "FRVGI" in the exergum.
Date: 90 B.C.E.
Remarks: The moneyer's's name was used by Roman men of the gens Calpurnia during the Roman Republic and early Empire. They were descendants of the Lucius Calpurnius Piso Frugi who was consul in 133 B.C.E. and established the addition of Frugi as an agnomen that was passed down through the family.
References: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2000 (Vol I), #236, pg 117; Edward Sydenham, The Coinage of the Roman Republic (1952) #672
|Title||L. Calpurnius Piso L. F. Frugi|
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|