by Marco Did˛, Stefania Tommasone

After these first issues Rome did not mint any more gold coins for a century and a half. However, at the beginning of the 2nd century B.C. very rare staters were coined in Greece (at Corinth? Calchis?) in the name of Titus Quinctius Flamininus, the Roman general who proclaimed the freedom of Greece in Corinth in 196 B.C. after defeating Philip V of Macedon at Cynoscephalae.

Therefore, these gold coins have Greek features: the alloy used, the weight of Attic standard (weighing about 8.50 grams), and the iconography are Greek. In addition, the portrait of a living man - Flamininus - is on the obverse, as in the coins of the Hellenistic kings, and a crowning Nike recalling the type of the golden staters of Alexander the Great is on the reverse.

We have very few exemples of this series vis-Ó-vis the thousands that may have been struck according to the number of dies known to have been used. Some scholars believe that the reason for this disparity was the decision taken by the Roman Senate of recalling the staters, because it disliked celebrating a living Roman man on a coin.

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Statere di T. Quizio Flaminino
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