Roman Republic, Pub. Lentulus P. f. L. n. Spinther - Spinther

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Publius Cornelius Lentulus, nicknamed Spinther because of his likeness to a popular actor of that name, came from an ancient Roman patrician family of the Cornelia gens. Although treated with great favour by Julius Caesar, Spinther eventually came to support the aristocratic senatorial cause of Caesar’s great rival Pompeius Magnus and aligned himself with that party. This proved an unwise move that would eventually lead to his political destruction and perhaps his death. Although his execution on Caesar’s orders is unverified, this may explain why his son (P Cornelius P. f. P. n. Lentulus Spinther) joined Caesar’s assassins, Brutus and Cassius, and struck coins for them during their civil war against the forces of Mark Antony and Octavian. Like his father before him, the younger Spinther also put his own name and nickname ‘Spinther’ on the reverse of his coins, the obverse of which feature the bust of Libertas.

Pub. Lentulus P. f. L. n. Spinther AR Denarius. Rome, 74 BC. Bust of Hercules right; Q•S•C behind / P•LENT•P•F•L•N, Genius of the Roman People seated facing, holding cornucopiae and sceptre, being crowned by Victory, flying left. Crawford 397/1; Sydenham 791. 4.10gm, 18mm, 8h.


Very Rare. Good Very Fine. Beautiful golden toning. In excellent condition for this very rare type.