Denarius, 132 BC, Rome mint. M. Aburius Geminus




Lustrous specimen from fresh dies.

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Roman Republic. M. Aburius Geminus. Denarius, 132 BC, Rome mint.
Obverse: Head of Roma with winged helmet right, behind GEM, below chin denomination XVI (ligated).
Reverse: Sol holding a whip and reins riding a quadriga right, below M ABVRI (ligated), in exergue ROMA.
Dimensions: AR, 3.85 g, 19 mm, 7h.
References: Crawford 250/1;
Sydenham 487;
BMCRR Rome 995.
Condition: Lustrous from fresh dies, light iridescent patina; minor scratch on obverse. Extremely fine.
Provenance: From a private German Collection,
acquired at Gorny & Mosch 257 (2018), 642,
ex Numismatik Naumann 65 (2018), 480,
ex HD Rauch 103 (2017), 147.
Comment: In the 140s BC a reform rearranged the aes and silver coins and the value of the denarius changed from 10 asses (X) to 16 asses (XVI ligated). The new denomination mark is shown on the obverse of this coin. New researches show some problems with the revaluation, even after the ligated XVI appeared on coins, the X mark was also used.

The moneyer
M. Aburius Geminus – This moneyer is only known through the coins. Probably C. Aburius, moneyer in 134 BC, was his twin. M. Aburius was a member of the plebeian gens Aburia. The most famous member of this gens was Marcus Aburius, probably an ancestor of M. Aburius Geminus, who was plebeian tribune in 187 BC and praetor peregrinus in 176 BC. He tried to prevent the triumph of Marcus Fulvius Nobilior, but was persuaded by Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus.

Additional information


AR (silver)


3.85 g


19 mm

Die axis

7 h