SILVER DENARIUS OF L. MEMMIUS, 109/108 BC.

SILVER DENARIUS OF L. MEMMIUS, 109/108 BC.

195.00

Obverse: Young male head facing right, wreathed with oak, monogram below chin.

Reverse: The Dioscuri standing facing between their horses, each holding spear, L MEMMI in ex.

RRC: 304/1. Sear: 181. CRR: 558. RSC: Memmia 1. [Rome, 109/108 BC].

Diameter: 20 mm. Weight: 3.9 g.

An excellent example of this classic coin, the reverse with a wonderful depiction of the twin demigods Castor and Pollux, jointly known as the Dioscuri. Their mother was Leda, but they had different fathers: Castor was the mortal son of Tyndareus, the king of Sparta, while Pollux was the divine son of Zeus, who seduced Leda in the guise of a swan. A well centred example struck on a large flan with subtle cabinet toning.

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