He was a moneyer in 145 BC, and is probably identical with the tribune of the people Marcus Junius D. f., who introduced in 124 or 123 BC a law against exploitative Roman governors (lex Iunia)
In 109 BC Silanus was elected consul, as the fist member of the Junii Silani. He was in office alongsode Quintus Caecilius Metellus Numidicus.
Silanus fought the Cimbri at an unknown location in Gallia Transalpina and was defeated.
Reverse: The Dioscuri riding right; M•IVNI below, ROMA in exergue.
Die Orientation: 3 H
Weight: 4.12 g
In 109 BC Silanus achieved to become consul as the first member of his family, the Iunii Silani. He held this highest public office together with Quintus Caecilius Metellus Numidicus, who had to continue the war against Jugurtha, king of Numidia, whereas Silanus undertook to fight against the Cimbri. To increase the power of Rome Silanus abolished the exemptions from the military service. Probably before their battle with the consul the traveling Cimbri had asked to be given a domicile on Roman territory, but the Senate had declined their request. Silanus then rushed towards the Cimbri with his army but he was defeated at an unknown location in Gallia Transalpina.
In 104 BC the tribune of the people Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus accused Silanus of his military failure, but the former consul was acquitted."
Provenance: Bertolami Fine Arts, E-Live Auction 49 (12 November 2017), lot 636.
Reverse: Dioscuri on horses right holding spears and reins; M·IVNI / ROMA
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 3.6 g