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PORCIA Quinaire AU
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Type : Quinaire
Date: 47-46 AC.
Mint name / Town : Utique
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 950 ‰
Diameter : 15,5 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 2,10 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Joli monnaie sur un flan ovale et épais. Beau droit. Patine de collection ancienne


Obverse legend : M. CATO. PRO. PR.
Obverse description : Tête de Bacchus à droite avec une couronne de vigne.
Obverse translation : "Marcus Cato Proprætor", (Marcus Caton propréteur).


Reverse legend : VICTRIX À L'EXERGUE.
Reverse description : Victoria (la Victoire) assise à droite, les ailes déployées, tenant une patère de la main droite.
Reverse translation : “Victrix”, (Victorieuse).


Ce quinaire est directement copié sur celui de son père, Marcus Porcius Cato, qui fut frappé en 89 avant J.-C. (RCV. 247), exactement avec la même typologie. M. Crawford a relevé une estimation de cinquante coins de droit et de cinquante-six coins de revers.
Deux petites contremarque visibles devant le visage.

Historical background


(47-46 BC) Marcus Porcius Cato Uticensis

Scipio, who had revealed the conspiracy of Catiline Cicero in 62 BC, was consul with Pompey in 52 BC He commanded the center at the battle of Pharsalia June 6, 48 BC - C. Then, he found refuge in Africa where the family of the Scipios had considerable latifundiae (agricultural properties) with the eldest son of Pompey. The headquarters of Pompeii was located in Utica thirty kilometers from the ruins of Carthage. Caesar landed in Africa and the final fight took place at Thapsus February 6, 46 BC Scipio and his ally, Juba I, King of Mauretania, were defeated. In desperation to escape, Scipio committed suicide as Cato in Utica. Caesar created the province of Africa Nova and gave a new status to the territory of Carthage. He then returned to Rome, where he celebrated a fourfold triumph.

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