AR Denarius (Rome 101 BC)
O/ Helmeted head of Roma left.; PV downwards behind; laurel-wreath as border.
R/ Victory in biga left; M LVCILI below; RVF above.
Crawford 324/1 (170 obverse dies/212 reverse dies)
- Artemide eLive Auction 10 (24/11/2019), lot 223.
Marcus Lucilius Rufus:
Rufus belonged to the minor plebeian gens Lucilia. Rufus' life is very obscure. He might have been the brother of a senator in 101 named Manius Lucilius, and the father of Marcus Lucilius Rufus, perhaps Tribune of the Plebs in 64. Crawford rejects a familial link with the famous poet Gaius Lucilius, who was from Campania.
The laurel-wreath may refer to the victories of Marius against the Cimbri and Teutons.