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Moneyer issues of Imperatorial Rome. L. Hostilius Saserna. 48 BC. AR Denarius (18mm, 4.03 g, 7h). Rome mint. Diademed female head (Pietas or Clementia?) right, wearing oak wreath, cruciform earring, necklace, jewel above her ear, hair collected into a knot behind, and falling down her neck / Victory advancing right, holding winged caduceus in right hand and trophy of Gallic arms and palm fronds in left hand over left shoulder; L • HOSTILIVS [SASERNA] around from upper right. Crawford 448/1a; CRI 17; Sydenham 951; Hostilia 5; BMCRR Rome 3989-92; RBW 1567. Lovely light iridescent toning, minor obverse metal flaws. Choice EF. Struck from dies of fine style.

Ex Benito Collection; Numismatica Ars Classica AG, Auction 46 (2 April 2008), lot 916.

Nothing certain is known about Lucius Hostilius Saserna, one of the triumviris monetale for 48 BC, except that he was evidently a supporter of Julius Caesar. His coin types all celebrate Caesar’s conquests in Gaul and the civil war with Pompey, as well as his clemency to former enemies. The female head on this type closely resembles two issues of Caesar himself and is thought to represent Clementia (Clemency). Two relations named Gaius and Publius Hostilius Saserna, possibly brothers or sons, served under Caesar in Africa in 46 BC, but history is silent about the later careers of all the Hostilia Sasernae.