Roman Republic, A. Postumius A. f. Sp. n. Albinus - The Battle of Lake Regillus

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It is highly likely that this moneyer was a son of A. Albinus Sp. f. and the type relates to the battle of Lake Regillus, at which the Roman army was commanded by A. Postumius, and at which the Dioscuri are said to have assisted the Romans against the Latins. The bust of Diana recalls that before the battle a special sacrifice was made at her temple on the Aventine. The reverse could allude to the sacrifices made during the festival on the Ides of Quintilis (supposedly the anniversary of the battle), in honour of the assistance given by the Dioscouri.

A. Postumius A. f. Sp. n. Albinus AR Serrate Denarius. Rome, 81 BC. Draped bust of Diana right, with bow and quiver over shoulder; bucranium above / Togate figure standing left on rock, holding aspergillum over bull; between them, lighted altar; A•POST•A•F•S•N•ALBIN around. Postumia 7; Sydenham 745; Crawford 372/1. 3.87g, 19mm, 2h.

Extremely Fine. Old cabinet tone with blue and gold iridescent highlights.