Roman Republic coin, silver, AR denarius. Minted by Lucius Marcius Philippus, a moneyer (tresviri monetalis) and consul in 56 B.C.E. The head of Ancus Marcius, an ancient Roman king, wears a diadem in profile before a lituus, a staff associated with Augurs, on obverse with the inscription "AN[CUS]" in the exergum. On reverse, an equestrian statue with a flower at the horse's feet is depicted on an aqueduct, with the inscriptions "PHILIPPUS" left, and "AQUA [MAR]" within the arches.
Date: 56 B.C.E.
Remarks: The aqueduct, identified as the Aqua Marcia in other examples of the coin, was built by Ancus Marcius and was restored by an ancestor of Philippus, Quintus Marcius Rex in 144 B.C.E. The Senate ordered his statue to be built on the aqueduct.
"This moneyer was the step-brother of the young Gaius Octavius (later the Emperor Augustus) who was just seven years of age at the time of this issue. The reverse commemorates the construction in 144 BC of the Aqua Marcia by Q. Marcius Rex, whose statue appeasr above the aqueduct" (Sear 145, Vol I).
References: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2000 (Vol I), #382, pg 145; Edward A. Sydenham, The Coinage of the Roman Republic (1952), #919.
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