L. Thorius Balbus Gens of the Roman Republic from 105 BC to 105 BC.
L Thorius Balbus was a moneyer who hailed from Lanuvium, where there was a cult of Juno Sospita. Cicero describes him as a man who lived in such a manner that there was no pleasure, no matter how rare, that he did not enjoy. He was possibly the son of M. Aclius Balbus (168 BC).

Gens Thoria was a Roman family which used as a badge the bull (taurus) due to the similarity between the words 'taurus' and 'Thorius'.

The cognomen 'Balbus' literally means 'stammerer', and was used to denote a particular branch within the Gens.
L. Thorius Balbus
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An AR Denarius struck 105 BC in Rome
Obverse: Head of Juno Sospita right, wearing goat skin headdress; I•S•M•R. behind

Reverse: Bull charging right, X above, L•THORIVS below, BALBVS in exergue

Diameter: 19 mm
Die Orientation: 7 H
Weight: 3.8 g
No notes for this coin
Crawford 316/1; RSC Thoria 1; Sear 192
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An AR Denarius struck 105 BC in Rome
Obverse: Juno of Lanuvium, wearing goat's skin to right, I•S•M•R behind.

Reverse: Bull charging to right, L THORIVS below, BALBVS in exergue, X above.

Diameter: 19 mm
Die Orientation: 6 H
Weight: 3.9 g
"This moneyer was a native of Lanuvium and Cicero describes him as a man who lived in such a manner that there was not a single pleasure, however refined or rare, that he did not enjoy. Juno was worshipped at this city as the protectress of women, especially in pregnancy. The rushing bull is a type parlant of the moneyer's name."
Crawford 316/1, Sydenham 594, Thoria 1.
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An AR Denarius struck 105 BC in Rome
Obverse: Head of Juno Sospita right, wearing horned goat skin headdress, I.S.M.R downward behind

Reverse: Bull charging right, E (control letter) above, L.THORIVS below, BALBVS in exergue

Diameter: 19 mm
Die Orientation: 6 H
Weight: 3.5 g
L Thorius Balbus was a moneyer who hailed from Lanuvium, where there was a cult of Juno Sospita. Cicero describes him as a man who lived in such a manner that there was no pleasure, no matter how rare, that he did not enjoy. He was possibly the son of M. Aclius Balbus (168 BC).

The cognomen 'Balbus' literally means 'stammerer', and was used to denote a particular branch within a Gens.
SRCV I 192, Sydenham 598, Crawford 316/1, RSC I Thoria 1
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An AR Denarius struck 102 (105)BC in Rome
Obverse: head of Juno Sospita right, wearing goat skin headdress I·S·M·R (Ivno Seispes Mater Regina)

Reverse: bull charging right B L·THORIVS BALBVS

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 3.8 g
Juno Sospita (Savior) was goddes of fertility and protector of women. She was main deity in Lanuvium. Bull - Taurus - is pun for moneyer's name Thorius. Moneyer served as legate under Q. Caecilius Metellus in Spain 79 BC. Cicero wrote that he had lived as there was no pleasure in life.
Crawford 316/1, SRCV I 192, Sydenham 598, RSC I Thoria 1 British Museum: R.7899
(5) L. Thorius Balbus
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An AR Denarius struck 105 BC in Rome
Obverse: Head of Juno Sospita right, wearing goat-skin headdress

Reverse: Bull charging right; V above

Diameter: 18 mm
Die Orientation: 7 H
Weight: 3.84 g

Excellent style, with attractive toning. Came with a 1930's hand-written envelope.

Sydenham 598; Thoria 1; RBW 1168 var. (letter on rev.)