Rome, 63 BC. AR denarius, 3.73 gr.
Obv: veiled, diademed bust of Vesta to the left; S before, kylix behind.
Rev: (LO)NGINIIIV; togate citizen standing to the left, depositing ballot inscribed V into cista.
Ref: Crawford 413/1; Sydenham 935. Ex Kiezenbrink collection, privately acquired from J. Schulmann in 1974.
Reverse off-centre, nevertheless Extremely fine.
The moneyer’s ancestor L. Cassius Ravilla proposed a new method of jury voting, a form of secret ballot, in 137 BC. Known as the Lex Tabellari, it provided that in most cases tried by jury, jurors could mark their verdict on a tablet and drop it into a basket to be counted by a court official. The exception was cases of treason, where a voice vote or show of hands was required. The practice also extended to voting on laws proposed in the Comitia Tributa and Concilium Plebis. This reverse commemorates that proposal becoming law. The V on the tablet stands for VTI ROGAS, I approve, of the proposed law.