PUBLIUS CORNELIUS
LENTULUS MARCELI
Cornelia 25
circa 100 BC, Roman Republic silver denarius. Mint - Rome.


Facing right is the bust of young Hercules, viewed almost from behind. His shoulders are clad in lion's skin and there is a club over left shoulder and a shield behind. There is a Greek control letter in field on left side. At the bottom of the coin are the letters ROMA.



Coin Ref: Babalon 25, Cornelia 25, Crawford 329/1a, Sydenham 604c,
Sear 208





There is a helmeted 'Roma' standing on the left and holding a spear. He is being crowned by Genius of the Roman people standing on the right; who is holding in his left hand a cornucopiae or Horn of Pleanty. The control letter is between the figures with three dots, above and on both sides. In the exergue; which is a small space on the reverse side of a coin below the principle image, is the name LENT MAR F. The entire image is within a laurel-wreath.
Marcelli monogram

Here is the actual Cornelia 25 with a control symbol of the Greek letter E seen between the figures, a dot above and two dots on either side.
Here is another version of the Cornelia 25 with a control symbol of the Greek letter Phi seen between the figures, a dot above and below.
Here is another version of the Cornelia 25 with a control symbol of the Greek letter B seen between the figures, a dot above and below.
Here is another version of the Cornelia 25 with a control symbol of the Greek letter R seen between the figures, with no dots.
Cornelia 25a
circa 100 BC, Roman Republic silver denarius. Mint - Rome.


Facing right is the bust of young Hercules, viewed almost from behind. His shoulders are clad in lion's skin and there is a club over left shoulder and a shield behind. The Cornelia 25a has the control letter in field on the right side. In this case a D is shown, with two dots, one above and the other below. At the bottom of the coin are the letters ROMA.


Coin Ref: Babalon 25, Cornelia 25a, Crawford 329/1a, Sydenham 604,
Sear 208




There is a helmeted 'Roma' standing on the left and holding a spear. He is being crowned by Genius of the Roman people standing on the right; who is holding in his left hand a cornucopiae or Horn of Pleanty. The control letter D on this Cornelia 25a is seen to the left of 'Roma,' with two dots above and below  In the exergue; which is a small space on the reverse side of a coin below the principle image, is the name LENT MAR F. The entire image is within a laurel-wreath.

Here is another version of the Cornelia 25a with a control letter A, a dot above and below.
Here is another version of the Cornelia 25a with a control letter Phi, a dot above and below.
Here is another version of the Cornelia 25a with a control letter K, a dot above and below.
Cornelia 26
circa 100 BC, Roman Republic silver denarius.
Mint - Rome.
Cornelia 26 - This coin is almost identical to a Cornelia No.25 but instead of the letters ROMA there are the letters P E S C below the head of Hercules. This stands for 'Pecunia Erogata Senatus Consulto', or money paid out by degree of the Senate.  The control letter, always in Latin.

Cornelia 26a - This coin is almost identical to a Cornelia No.26 but the control letter is between both of the figures.

~ NOTES ~

LENT = Lentulus
MAR = Marcelli
F = Refers to Filius or son of Rome. This letter appears mostly on coins of junior emperors or on commemorative coins struck after death.

Publius is his first name and Marcelli tells us that he is of the Marcellinus family. His middle name implies that the Marcellinus family is within the lesser Cornelii clan known as Lentulus.

This denarius was designed by the moneyer or quester Pub Lentulus Marceli, the son of M. Claudius Marcellus.

Sydenham places the date of this coin between 119-91BC; Seaby gives the date of this coin circa 96-91 BC. Sear gives the date simply as 100 B.C.

Reference:
1. Coins of the Roman Republic in the British Museum by H. A. Grueber
London, 1910, Vol. I, pg. 1704
2. Roman Silver Coins Vol.I Republic to Augustus by H.A.Seaby 1952, pgs. 31-32
3. The Coinage of the Roman Republic by Edward A. Sydenham, 1976, pg. 86, 241
4. Roman Coins and Their Values by David Sear, Vol.1, 2000, pg. 112
5. Roman Republican Coinage Volume I by Michael H. Crawford 2001, pg. 329




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H. A Seaby lists only two categories of this coin, of which I note above on this webpage. The first is a Cornelia 25 which has a ‘letter’ behind Hercules’ head on obverse and the same letter between the figures on reverse. He then lists a Cornelia 25a as having the letter in front of Hercules’ head on the obverse and on the reverse, the letter is to the left. (Roman Silver Coins Vol.I Republic to Augustus 1952, pgs. 32). He does not distinguish between Greek or Latin letters.

However, Edward A Sydenham (The Coinage of the Roman Republic 1976, pg. 79) does distinguish between Greek and Latin letters and uses the following classification of Cornelia 25: 

Cornelia 25 – On obverse; left is a Latin letter with one, two, or three dots. The same letter is
on the reverse between figures. Sydenham 604

Cornelia 25a - On obverse; right is a Latin letter with one, two, or three dots. The same letter is
on the reverse, left. Sydenham 604a

Cornelia 25b - On obverse; left is a Greek letter with one, two, or three dots. The same letter is
on the reverse but between the two figures. Sydenham 604b

Cornelia 25c - On obverse; right is a Greek letter with one, two, or three dots. The same letter
is on the reverse but on left. Sydenham 604c

David R. Sear simply states that on obverse - “control-letter (sometimes Greek) in field l. or to r.” and on the reverse - “control letter (sometimes Greek) between them [two figures] or to l.” (Roman Coins and Their Values Vol.1, 2000, pg. 112)