numophylacium reipublicae. Between the absence on the market of affordable Faustina coins I don't already have and peer pressure (it seems everyone else here has one of these goat biga coins), I had to pick up this one. I was going to write about Juno Caprotina -- Juno in her aspect as fertility goddess associated with figs and goats and celebrated on July 7 each year in a festival known as the Nonae Caprotinae -- but @Jochen1 has already written a very thorough piece about the mythology behind this coin and my write-up would only be superfluous. There is also an educational Italian language blog post about Juno Caprotina as an Etruscan aspect of the goddess incorporated into Roman religion through syncretism. The blog post features a photograph of an antefix (I have previously written about antefixae) from an Etruscan temple dedicated to the goddess. Note the goddess's headdress made of goat's ears and horns. On the popular denarius, she appears driving a biga of goats, holding a whip, reins and scepter. The flans on this issue tend to be small and almost never feature the complete scene on the reverse die. On my coin, the goddess is partly off the flan, as are the horns of the rightmost goat. But it's a decent example of the issue, I think. This denarius was issued by the moneyer, C. Renius; Juno Caprotina was the tutelary goddess of Lanuvium, the ancestral home of the Renius family. C. Renius, 138 BC. Roman AR denarius, 3.84 g, 16.3 mm, 1 h. Rome, 138 BC. Obv: Helmeted head of Roma, right; X behind. Rev: Juno in a biga of goats, right, wearing diadem and holding scepter and reins in left hand and whip in right hand; C·RENI below; ROMA in exergue. Refs: Crawford (RRC) 231/1; RSC Renia 1; Sydenham (CRR) 432; Sear (RCV) 108. And here's a not-so-gratuitous photo of Michelle Pfeiffer from the movie Stardust: As always, post comments or anything you feel is relevant!