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L. Plautius Plancus c 47 BC
Silver denarius
L. Plautius Plancus was the brother of the proconsul of Gallia Comata and of Caesar’s “Preafectus Urbi”, L. Muniatus Plancus. It is thought that the elegant reverse was inspired by the artist Nicomachus of Thebes. Nicomachus’ works of art were placed on the Capitol on the occasion of L. Muniatus Plancus’ Gallic triumph. This coin may have been minted to celebrate Caesar’s successes of 48-47. The precise meaning of the Medusa head is still unclear. Obverse is the Mask of Medusa with serpents at side of her face insribed L. PLAVTIVS below. The reverse shows Victory leading four horses inscribed PLANCVS below.
Mint: Rome
Provenance: Private acquisition ex Cincinnati Art Museum as part of the Jacob Stein Collection (1994-2008), no. 137), ex Gemini V 2009 L 247

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