Roman Republic, Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius - The Defeat of Sertorius

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In 79 BC Metellus was sent to Spain as Proconsul. After repeated failures he defeated Sertorius and was hailed ‘Imperator’ by the army. He celebrated his victory with magnificent entertainments and it is probably on this occasion that this denarius was struck. The type of the head of Piety was selected in recognition of his title of Pius that he received when he besought the people of Rome to recall his father from banishment.

Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius AR Denarius. Spanish mint, 77-76 BC. Diademed bust of Pietas right, stork before / IMPER below jug and lituus, all in wreath. Crawford 374/2; Sydenham 751. 3.93g, 19mm, 1h.


Good Very Fine. Stunning toning.