Roman Republic, L. Valerius Acisculus - Valeria Luperca

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This type refers to the legendary origin of the family. Plutarch relates that when the plague visited Falerii, in Etruria, the oracle announced that the scourge would only cease by the annual sacrifice of a virgin to Juno. This superstition was long maintained till the lot fell on a young virgin named Valeria Luperca; when she drew forth the sword to slay herself an eagle descended and carried off this weapon and deposited on the altar a hammer, it then threw the sword on a heifer grazing nearby. When the virgin saw this she sacrificed the heifer and taking the hammer she went from house to house restoring the sick by gently touching them gently with the hammer, and telling them to be healed.

L. Valerius Acisculus AR Denarius. Rome, 45 BC. Diademed bust of Apollo Soranus right; ACISCVLVS and axe behind; XVI monogram above / Valeria Luperca riding a heifer right, holding a veil above; L•VALERIVS in exergue. Sydenham 998a; Crawford 474/1b. 3.16g, 19mm, 8h.


Good Extremely Fine. Lovely old cabinet tone.