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This series of coins is attributed to the late 1st century through to the mid - 2nd century (Domitian to Antoninus Pius). Their origin and purpose is uncertain as is their date, and some may even be semisses rather than quadrantes. Some ideas put forward suggest that the Senate were given total power to mint these coins (anonymously) when they saw fit, such as special occasions and public feasts. Alternatively some think that their purpose was as small change at mining centres that were owned by the Senate. There is no proof as far as known to support any of these theories, but when looked at closely some of the deities resemble certain emperors from the period ascribed to them.

WRB 4981

Group VII. Draped and diademed bust of Venus right. S C. Dove standing left.

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