Anonymous Semilibral Quartuncis, Struck
Rome, 217 to 215 BC, Cr 38/8
Roman Republican AE, Anonymous, Semilibral, Quartuncis, Struck
Rome 217 to 215 BC
Obv – helmeted head of Roma, R, wearing an Attic helmet with peaked visor, wearing ear ring of one drop
Rev – Prow right, above ROMA, note the structure above deck on this boat is at about a 30 degree angle. At first I thought it might be double struck, but that is the design. I guess the Romans wanted rain to flow off the front of the pilot house.
3.24 grams; 15.4 X 16.1X 0.24 mm; 9h
Crawford – 38/8, this group is based on an As of 128 grams. 128 / 48 = 2.67
BMCRR – Rome 169, Grueber notes that D’Ailly of the British Museum was the first to recognize this denomination. Babelon and Mommsen did not have this denomination. BMCRR lists 16 examples with a weight range of 1.88 to 4.28 grams, Avg Wt = 3.01 g, St Dev = 0.71; Avg Dia = 16.0.
Sydenham – 88 or 110, Syd calls the obverse Bellona, the Roman War Goddess, and gives a weight range of 4.3 to 2 grams for #88 and 4.3 to 1.9 grams for #110. Syd says the only difference in 88 & 110 is weight.
Sear – 624, Sear comments the QU is the smallest RR denomination and was issued only briefly during the Semilibral period, 217 to 215 BC. With declines in RR bronze coin weights, the denomination ceased, never to be resumed.
Albert die Munzen der Romischen Republik – #110, This book arrived this week. I will have to use Google translate until I learn more German!
· Obv - Romakopf mit attischem Helm; in German
· Obv - Roma head with Attic helmet; translated to English
· Rev – Prow right, in ex ROMA
RBW – 110
This coin is one of 8 I bought at a coin show yesterday that were in old envelopes. Ex. an old hoard from off the Italian Coast; Elsen 37, 12/17/94, #227. Seven of the eight were RR bronze coins and one Spanish AE Semis.
I found over 100 examples of this coin on line, but stopped entering data at 62:
|Weight - max||4.28|
|Weight - min||1.88|
|Weight - avg||2.95|
|Weight - st dev||0.53|
|Diameter - max||16.1||2.4 mm thick|
|Diameter - min||15.4|
|Diameter - max||17.78|
|Diameter - min||14.00|
|Diameter - avg||15.57|
|Diam - st dev||0.82|
It is interesting that the 3 major catalogers identify the obverse differently:
Grueber - Roma in Athenian helmet
Sydenham - Bellona, Roman war goddess
Crawford - Roma in Attic helmet
Sear - Roma in crested Attic helmet
I found another Cr 38/8 with similar patina in LAC Auction 43, lot 164; May 21, 2014.
If anyone has information on this hoard, please let me know. I did not see the hoard from off the Italian Coast mentioned in Crawford's RR Coin Hoards.