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C. Fonteius. 114-113 BC
After C. Papirius Carbo had obtained Sardinia and a province during his praetorship in 168 BS he was sent to Rome to oversee the jusristictions netween Roman citizens and foerignes. P. Fonteius Capito was sent to Sardinia in 169 to continue command ad this issue wa sstruck to memorialize to the naval exploits of P. Fonteius Capito. Janus is depicted as having two faces facing in opposite directions and was the god of gates, doors, doorways, beginnings and endings. January is named after Janus as it the New Year entry month. This obverse relates to the origin of the Fonteia gens, which claimed as its founder Fons, the son of Janus. The Fontinalia were held on October 13 to celebrate Fons. Obverse Janiform head S and star to either side of neck. Reverse sailing galley with a pilot and three oarsmen C FONT ROMA
Mint: Rome
Provenance: Private acquisition*

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