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498235. Sold For $850

L. Roscius Fabatus. 59 BC. AR Serrate Denarius (19mm, 3.93 g, 6h). Rome mint. Head of Juno Sospita right, wearing goat skin headdress; to left, pileus of the Dioscuri surmounted by star; L. ROSCI below / Virgin standing right, feeding serpent to right; to left, pileus of the Dioscuri surmounted by star; FABATI in exergue. Crawford 412/1 (symbols 18); Sydenham 915; Roscia 3. EF, residual luster in fields.


Lucius Roscius Fabatus was a notable figure of the late Republic as an ally of Julius Caesar. Born circa 95-90 BC, he hailed from Lanivium, a town in Latium known for its temple to Juno Sospita, who is honored on this coin issue of 59 BC. Fabatus served as Tribune of the Plebs in 55 BC and accompanied Caesar on his Gallic Campaign, commanding the 13th Legion. In 49 BC he was elected Praetor and tried to negotiate a compromise between Caesar and his enemies in the Senate. Historically, nothing more is heard about him until a letter of Cicero’s mentioning that was killed at the battle of Forum Gallorum in 43 BC.