QUINTUS POMPEIUS RUFUS
Cornelia 48/Pompeia 4
Circa 54 BC. Roman Republic silver denarius.  Mint - Rome.


The image on the front of this coin is of a bare headed L. Cornelius Sulla facing right. In front of his face are the letters SVLLA COS. The letters COS refer to Sulla as being a Consul member.


Coin Ref: Cornelia 48; Crawford 434/1; Sydenham 908; Sear 399. This currency is also, or often, catalogued as a Pompeia No.4.





On the reverse side of this coin is the bare head of Quintus Pompeius Rufus also facing right. Behind his head are the letters RVFVS COS which informl us that Rufus is also a Consul member. In front of his head are the letters Q POM RVFI.
Cornelia 49/Pompeia 5
Circa 54 BC. Roman Republic silver denarius.  Mint - Rome.

On the front of this coin is a curule chair with a litus, or crooked staff to the left of the image and a wreath to the right. [not seen in this drawing] Above are the letters SVLLA COS. The letters COS refer to Sulla as being a Consul member. Below the image in the exegrue; which is a small space on the reverse side of a coin below the principle image, are the letters Q POMPEI RVF.


Coin Ref: Cornelia 49; Crawford 434/2; Sydenham 909; Sear 400. This currency is also, or often, catalogued as a Pompeia No.5.





On the opposite side of the coin is another curule chair but to the left is an arrow and to the right is laurel branch. Above this image are the letters Q POMPEI Q F RVFVS. In the exergue; which is a small space on the reverse side of a coin below the principle image, are the letters COS.
~ NOTES ~

Re: Cornelia 48 - "The moneyer here has two grandfathers, coincidently both consuls in the same year (88BC). This type provides us with the only authentic portrait of the famous dictator to survive from antiquity. Harlan believes the issue should be dated earlier, to circa 58BC."  (Roman Coins and Their Values by David Sear, Vol.1, 2000, pg.149) Harlan refers to Michael Harlan who wrote Roman Republican Moneyers and Their Coins, 63-49BC, London 1995.

Re: Cornelia 49 - "This is emblematic of the offices filled by his grandparents and also of their careers." (Roman Silver Coins, Volume 1 - Republic to Augustus by H.A.Seaby, London 1952, p.65.)


For Further Reading:
a. Coins of the Roman Republic in the British Museum by H. A. Grueber
London, 1910, Vol. I, pg. 3883 & 5
b. Roman Silver Coins Vol.I Republic to Augustus by H.A.Seaby 1952, pgs. 32, 64 & 65
c. The Coinage of the Roman Republic by Edward A. Sydenham, 1976, pgs. 150, 241
d. Roman Coins and Their Values by David Sear, Vol.1, 2000, pg. 149
e. Roman Republican Coinage Volume I by Michael H. Crawford 2001, pg. 456



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