I want to see a really NICE Ariminum struck bronze. I have questions. That warrior is he supposed to be a Colonist or a Gaul? Are there any ethnically identifying details. Is that a torque I see around the neck on a could of these specimens below? Does he have shaggy wild hair and a… Continue reading Warrior on the struck Ariminum Bronze
Garrucci says its in Pesaro! But Gorini 2010 clearly consulted the Pesaro collection… The plot thickens.
Ariminum was Roman colony founded 368 BCE. Gorini 2010 gives a full study to the coinage and places its first aes grave series in the period from 264-241 BCE i.e. the First Punic War. He also says that the series is based on a pound of 380g. That’s MUCH heavier than the Roman pound (whatever… Continue reading Ariminum’s heavy pound
It strikes me that that the cast bronze types of Ariminum bear a marked similarity to the types of the Roman currency bars. Ariminum became a Latin colony in 268 BC and the cast bronze dates to sometime after that date. The one type I couldn’t find to illustrate has a shield as the reverse… Continue reading Ariminum types, Roman Currency Bar types
Crawford CMRR discusses the cast currencies of Italy in five groups (p. 43-46): an as of about 300g maybe from 1st Punic War: Tarquinii, Tuder, Reate, Praeneste, Carseoli, and Firmum a heavier as (350-450g): Ariminum, Hadria, Vestini, another unidentified mint maybe Asculum Picenum an as of about 300g followed by reductions probably from 2nd Punic… Continue reading Who Issued Aes Grave?
I was re-reading Tusa and Royal’s ‘landscape of the naval battle at the Egadi Islands (241BC)’ JRA 2012 and it struck me how right Eric Kondratieff was to draw a parallel between the iconography of this currency bar and rostra: He made the argument for two rostra instead of two tridents on the basis of the Athlit… Continue reading 284 out of 410 days: Rostra