Roman Republic, C. Sulpicius C. f. Galba - The Founding of Lavinium

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This type alludes to Lavinium, the birthplace of this gens, where Aeneas is said to have brought the Penates from Troy. The reverse bears a portrayal of the supposed founding of the gens, when one of Aeneas’ companions, being the first to behold, beneath an oak, the sow lying with her litter of thirty on the spot pointed out by the oracle, and on which point the city of Lavinium was built. Hence, we are told, this fortunate sow-finder was called suispicius, which word was changed by posterity into Sulpicius. The sow and the whole litter were offered in sacrifice by Aeneas to the Dei Penates, and it was held as a great point of religion among the Romans that the worship of the Penates should always be properly celebrated at Lavinium.

C. Sulpicius C. f. Galba AR Serrate Denarius. Rome, 106 BC. Conjoined laureate busts of the Dei Penates left; D•P•P before / Two soldiers swearing oath over a sow; V above; C•SVLPICI•C•F in exergue. Crawford 312/1; Sydenham 572; Sulpicia 1. 3.66g, 20mm, 5h.


Extremely Fine. Pleasant old cabinet tone.