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Success (Bonus Eventus)

Bonus Eventus (the God of Success) was worshipped by the Romans among the other Dei Consentes, as a diety especially presiding over agriculture.


Roman Republic, Quintus Cassius Longinus, 55 B.C.

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The obverse portrait has been variously interpreted as Bonus Eventus (the God of good Success) or Genius Populi Romani (the guardian spirit of the Roman people). Quintus Cassius Longinus was a governor in Hispania for Caesar. Cassius was one of the tresviri monetales of the Roman mint in 55 B.C. He served as a quaestor for Pompey in Hispania Ulterior in 54 B.C.
RR87659. Silver denarius, Crawford 428/3, Sydenham 916, RSC I Cassia 7, BMCRR I Rome 3868, RBW Collection 1535, SRCV I 391, aVF, light toning, highest points flatly struck, banker's marks, bumps and scratches, scrape on reverse, closed edge crack, weight 3.651 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 55 B.C.; obverse young male head (Genius Populi Romani or Bonus Eventus) right, scepter behind; reverse eagle standing right on thunderbolt, head right, wings open, lituus (augur's staff) on left, jug on right, QēCASSIVS below; $140.00 (Ä123.20)


Roman Republic, Lucius Scribonius Libo, 62 B.C.

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The ruins of the Puteal Scribonianum were discovered in the Forum in 1950's. The reverse is either a play on Scribonius' name or the origin of his family name and the Scribonianum were related. Perhaps he was also a music lover explaining the lyres. The same type was also minted with an anvil or tongs in place of the hammer. Sear indicates the tools are symbolic of the moneyer's position. -- Roman Coins and Their Values by David R. Sear

Crawford believes the lyres may be purely decorative and the tools, symbols of Vulcan, recall that the Puteal was located on a spot that was struck by lightning. -- Roman Republican Coinage by Michael H. Crawford
RR88399. Silver denarius, Crawford 416/1a, Sydenham 928, RSC I Scribonia 8a, BMCRR I Rome 3377, RBW Collection 1500, SRCV I 367, gVF, toned well centered and struck, porous, weight 3.940 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 62 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Bonus Eventus right, BON EVENT downward before, LIBO downward behind; reverse Puteal Scribonianum, ornamented with garland and two lyres, hammer at base, PVTEAL above, SCRIBON in exergue; SOLD







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