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Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
European; Southern European; Roman
Roman Republic and Empire
Coin Showing Consul Marcellus
Reverse: Consul Marcellus consecrating trophy
Roman Republic, 50 B.C.
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Roman republican law and custom forbade the representation of any living person on its coinage, although one's name could appear, as on this obverse. Therefore Marcellinus incorporated his famous ancestor's portrait and accomplishments on his coin. Marcus Claudius Macellus conquored the Gaul Viridomarus in 222 B.C. and was five times elected consul.
Europe,Italy,Lazio (region),Roma (province),Rome
Diameter: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, USA
The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Martin A. Ryerson
Obverse: MARCELLINUS and triskelesReverse: MARCELLUS/COS QVINQ'Marcellus, consul for fifth time'
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