The battle of Cannae was a war for power between the Roman Republic and Carthage when the Roman Republic accepted a brutal defeat. (This defeat overlapped with when this coin was made and in circulation throughout Rome.)This coin's worn bust shows Sol, the Roman sun god, and the moon goddess Luna, represented by a crescent moon with stars above. These two gods are usually seen together to show power over the land day and night, just as the sun and the moon possess. In the face of such a loss this imagery would bring citizens hope to rebuild and shed light day and night in the form of currency.
The Roman Republic
Syd. 96; Craw. 39/4
ARTH250 (Professor V. Rousseau Fall 2021)
University Art Collection, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul)