Sulpicius’ Uncia (312)

Now you’re thinking to yourself: why, why did she skip Herennius? Cast your mind back, dear reader, to the semunciae post. As detailed there, Herennius likely comes later in the series, so we have to treat Sulpicius first! RRC 312

Ex RBW, of course

Are you reminded of the dog (who was a very good boy, of course!)? I am reminded of that dog too (RRC 293/3)! And that goatish, horsish quadruped?! Yes! exactly! That too (RRC 292/5 new)! But wait. Those were reverses, here its an obverse. The reverse is our moneyer’s name in a wreath! We’ve seen that too in just the last post for 305/2 and also on two of the three semunciae and will see it on later unciae (links to come).

So what’s with this? It feels like no one can decide what small change SHOULD look like or at least the idea of what it should look like is in flux. As I mentioned in the semunciae post, the wreaths with inscription in it are well known on various regional coins (including those of Cossura!).

A round of the sort of coins I’m thinking of (ignoring Augustan era ones):

The Kampanoi. Mercenaries in the Aitna area. Ae (ca. 344-336). In trade.
PANORMOS, before 135 BCE. In trade.
HIMERA, c. 413-408 BCE. In trade.
Time of Pyrrhus? Note oak leaves. In trade. Also just a stunning coin. Cf. this specimen.
overstrike! In trade.
Himera, c. 400-380 BCE. In trade.
Melita, 3rd cent? In trade.
oak leaves again. Fourth Democracy, 289-287. In trade.

Pegasus is rare on the republican series, but not so rare we should make too much of it. I suppose it had some significance to the moneyer… No particular relation as far as I can make out to symbols on rest of RRC 312 series.

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