The Marsic Confederation consisted of the following regions, Frentani, Marsi, Marrucini, Peligni, Piceni, Samnium, Vestini, and Lucani. Most of these provinces were located in the state of modern day Abruzzo (50 miles East of Rome) with the exception of Lucani which is a little further south. Being allies of Rome, the residents of the confederation were not permitted to become citizens of Rome as ordered by the Roman Senate, which caused a stir among them. Being denied full citizenship to Rome, the rebels intended to form a republic known as “Italia”, and soon “The Bellum Sociale” or “Social War” broke out between 91-88 BC. During this period Italia struck its own coinage in opposition to the Romans who had held a monopoly on coinage at the time. The Romans eventually went to war with the insurgents and defeated them in battle and it’s unclear when the war ended. Despite the loss, the concept of Italia was not forgotten as Rome eventually welcomed the defeated people as full citizens and unified Italy as a whole. The coin we are offering is deeply toned with a slightly glossy charcoal patina and a slight bluish tinge. Some other colors on the reverse appear which are slightly lighter in terms of patina as is the patina. Only a few of the highest points show any evidence of cabinet friction and the coin appears uniform in term of eye-appeal. The obverse depicts the effigy of a woman with the legends reading ITALIA and the reverse depicts a soldier holding a spear with a bull that is sitting.
Roman Imperial 91-88 BC AR Denarius NGC AU 0104509
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