circa 56 BC, Roman Republic silver denarius MInt - Rome
On the front of this coin is the bust of the Goddess Venus, facing right. She is both laureated and diadmed or crowned. There is a scepter over her shoulder. The letters SC are behind her head. These letters tell us that this particular coin had been given a rubber stamp of approval or Senatus Consultum (By Decree of the Senate) to be issued.
There are three military trophies between a jug on the left and lituus, or crooked staff, on the right. This image celebrates the victories of Pompey the Great. The three trophies were enrgaved on Pompey's signet ring, symbolizing his victories on three continents. In the exergue is the monogram of FAVSTVS [see insert], which looks like a 'W', or two 'Vs'. This is formed by a 'T' on the left, in the center an 'F&A' and an 'S' on the left.
Roman Silver Coins,
Volume 1 - Republic to Augustus by H.A.Seaby
London: B.A.Seaby Ltd 1952, p 34.
Note: This coin celebrates the victories of Pompey the Great. The three trophies were enrgaved on Pompey's signet ring and symbolized his victories on three continents.
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