Denarius - Sydenham 698b - Crawford 344/1c

Reverse iconography represents the rape of the Sabine women. A·PV legend on obverse=A[rgentvm] PV[blicvm], indicating that the coin was minted from metal owned by the Roman state. Crawford remarks that this express declaration is curious, as all Roman coinage was presumably struck from such. For discussion of this and other coin issues which expressly indicate that they were coined from publicly-owned metals, see Crawford p.605.
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