Ancient Rome - AR Denarius - Lucretius Trio

Denomination:  AR Denarius                                                      

Mint: Ancient Rome

Weight: 3.78g                                                                           

Date: 76 BC

Mount: 14K Gold 

Description: Obverse: Laureate head of bearded Neptune right, with trident over shoulder; behind, control-numeral. Border of dots. Anepigraphic. Script: Latin. Reverse: Winged boy riding on back of dolphin speeding right, holding reins with both hands. Moneyer mark in exergue in two lines. Border of dots. Script: Latin Lettering: L•LVCRETI TRIO. Translation: Lucius Lucretius Trio 

History: Lucius Lucretius Trio was a Roman moneyer, who minted two denarii in c. 76 BCE.His coin showing the laureate head of Neptune is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The other has a radiate Sol (sun) on the obverse and a crescent moon and seven stars on the reverse. The stars are the Septem Triones (Ursa major), a pun of the moneyer cognomen.

 The gens Lucretia was a prominent family of the Roman Republic; originally patrician, the gens later included a few plebeian families. The Lucretii were one of the most ancient gentes, and the wife of Numa Pompilius, the second King of Rome, was named Lucretia. The first of the Lucretii to obtain the consulship was Spurius Lucretius Tricipitinus in 509 BC, the first year of the Republic.