Roman Republic, L. Aemilius Lepidus Paullus and L. Scribonius Libo - The Puteal Libonis

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The reverse of this coin depicts the Puteal Scriboniarum, or Puteal Libonis, which L. Scribonius Libo renovated. According to ancient sources, the Puteal Libonis was a bidental, that is, a spot which had been struck by lightning. It took its name from its resemblance to the low enclosure around a well (puteus) that was between the Temple of Castor and Pollux and the Temple of Vesta, near the Porticus Julia and the Arcus Fabiorum (arch of the Fabii). The praetor’s tribunal was convened nearby, having been removed from the comitium in the 2nd century BC. It thus became a place where litigants, money-lenders and business people congregated.

L. Aemilius Lepidus Paullus and L. Scribonius Libo AR Denarius. Rome, 62 BC. Veiled and diademed bust of Concordia right; PAVLLVS LEPIDVS CONCORD around / Puteal Scribonianum, garlanded, ornamented with lyres, hammer at base; PVTEAL•SCRIBON around; LIBO in exergue. Scribonia 9; Crawford 417/1a; Sydenham 927. 3.99g, 20mm, 5h.


Good Extremely Fine. A very attractive example of the type.