Circa 56 BC. Roman Republic silver denarius. Mint - Rome.
On the front of this coin is a diademed, or crowned bust of a beardless Hercules facing right. Other experts disagree with this claiming that the image is that of King Bocchus of Mauretania. Behind the head of this image are the letters FELIX.
Reverse side shows the Goddess Diana in biga, which is a Latin word meaning a chariot drawn by two horses. They are facing right. She holds a litus, or crooked staff in her hand and there is a crescent moon above her head. There are also six-pointed stars in the field either below the horses or above. In the exergue; which is a small space on the reverse side of a coin below the principle image, is the name FAVSTVS.
NOTES ON THE STARS ON THE REVERSE SIDE:
Roman Silver Coins, Volume 1 - Republic to Augustus by H.A.Seaby, London: B.A.Seaby Ltd 1952, p 33 has the following breakdown of the stars on this coin:
Cornelia 60 - This coin has four stars on the reverse side, two above the horses and two below.
Cornelia 60a - This coin is almost identical to Cornelia No.60 but instead of having four stars on
the reverse, it has three.
Cornelia 60b - This coin is identical to the Cornelia No.60 but it has no crescent moon.
The drawing left is from Seaby's book and clearly portrays two stars above the horse and two below.
This coin shows two stars above the horse and one below.
The large example that is used at the top of this page, reproduced left, clearly shows only two stars, both above the horse.
Roman Coins and their Values
by David R Sear [London, Spink 2000]
pg145-46, does not give Seaby's breakdown of the Cornelia 60, nor does it mention anything other than the fact that this coin has "stars in the field above and below horses." In fact, The example left is taken from Sear's book and it clearly shows three stars, one above and two below [one is worn, or very faint on the left]
I FEEL THAT THIS IS A FAR MORE APPROPRIATE CLASIFICATION
OF THE CORNELIA 60:
Cornelia 60/1 - two stars above the horse, two below the horse.
Cornelia 60/2 - two stars above the horse, one below the horse.
Cornelia 60/3 - two stars above the horse, none below the horse.
Cornelia 60/5 - one star above the horse, two below the horse.
Since this is a very logical structure it stands to reason that a Cornelia 60/4 should have one star above and one below and a Cornelia 60/6 should have one star above and none below. However, I have been unable to find examples of these configurations.
Cornelia 60/7 - similar to a Cornelia 60 but with no crescent moon.
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