Roman Republic, C. Mamilius Limetanus - Descendant of Ulysses

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The Mamilia gens pretended to derive its origin from Mamilia, the daughter of Telegonus, the reputed son of Ulysses and Circe, and thus C. Mamilius, as monetal triumvir, caused this subject to be adopted on his coins.
The reverse shows Ulysses, after a long absence, returning in beggar’s dress to Ithaca, where he was recognised at once by his old dog, Argus, who died of joy at seeing his former master.

C. Mamilius Limetanus AR Serrate Denarius. Rome, 82 BC. Bust of Mercury right, wearing winged petasus; M and caduceus behind / C•MAMIL LIMETAN, Ulysses walking right, holding staff and extending hand towards his dog, Argus. Crawford 362/1; Sydenham741; Mamilia 6. 4.12g, 21mm, 7h.


Extremely Fine. Lightly Toned.