Uncia of M. Herennius (108-107 B.C.), Roma & Cornucopiae

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Marsyas Mike, May 16, 2021.

  1. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    This turned out to be a lucky eBay find (it was advertised as "Greek"). Apparently this is a late-period Roman Republic uncia issued by M. Herennius (who issued denarii at that time), 108-107 B.C.

    I didn't know unciae were issued this late; McCabe notes on his site that the economic rationale remains "unclear." Since I didn't see any others on CT, I thought I'd toss it out here.

    Several places note it as being "rare" but I found quite a few auctions for them on acsearch. That CNG got $400 for one that isn't all that great gave me an American Picker's kind of thrill: https://www.numisbids.com/n.php?p=lot&sid=820&lot=591

    If there is any others, or any additional information on this issue, I'd love to see it. Or anything else, unciae, M. Herennius, lucky finds, etc.

    RR - Herennius Uncia corunucop. May 2021 (0).jpg
    Roman Republic Æ Uncia
    M. Herennius
    (108-107 B.C.)
    Rome Mint

    Helmeted head of Roma right; • (mark of value) to left / ROMA, double cornucopiae.
    Crawford 308/4b; Babelon Herennia 4 var.; Sydenham 568b var.' Russo RBW 1145.
    (4.57 grams / 20 x 19 mm)

    "The economic rationale for the issue of unciae in this period is unclear." (McCabe) andrewmccabe.ancients.info/RRC280.html

    "Rare; three specimens in Paris, of both varieties." (Gemini, LLC, Auct. XII, Lot 285, 11.01.2015)
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  3. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Very cool, @Marsyas Mike ! Congrats! Super find.

    All my Uncia are from the Republic Era.

    Here is an early one having the approx weight of the Uncia when it was cast:

    Italia Aes Rude
    - bronze
    ca 5th-4th Century BCE
    29.7mm 32.4g
    roughly an Uncia at the time of casting
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  4. Orielensis

    Orielensis Supporter! Supporter

    That's a terrific find! A very attractive example of a rare and interesting type.

    I have a much more common denarius of the same moneyer.
    Römische Republik – RRC 308:1b, Denar, Herennius, Catanean u. Pietas (neu).png
    Roman Republic, moneyer: M. Herennius, AR denarius, 108–107 BC, Rome mint. Obv: PIETAS; head of Pietas r. Rev: M HERENNI; one of the Catanean brothers Amphinomos and Anapias carrying his father r. 19mm, 3.94g. Ref: RRC 308/1b.
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  5. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Nice catch Mike, never seen an Uncia with a cornucopia on the reverse,

    Usually there is a prow of a galley:

    uncia 2b (3).JPG
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  6. Romancollector

    Romancollector Well-Known Member

    Nice pickup @Marsyas Mike !

    I don't have an uncia of M. Herennius, but I do have a denarius of this moneyer.

    M Herennius denarius.jpg
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  7. red_spork

    red_spork Triumvir monetalis

    This is an excellent find. Very well done, especially if you got it cheap with these excellent surfaces. I wish I'd seen it, but I only really watch the Roman Republic section so I'd have never spotted it but it would have taken me about 2 seconds to buy it or bid on it at anywhere under $250. Maybe I need to start looking at the Greek section too
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