Sextus Pompey, the son of Pompey the Great, as an active player during the civil war (45-35 BC) minted several issues (RRC 477, 478, 479, 483, 511). He used them not only to pay his troops and followers but also to promote himself. To do that he started to propagate his exeptional piety – pietas. At first, he was doing that by emphasizing his devotion to his famous father (pietas erga patrem). On this coin you can see him portraying his father as Neptune. Then, he introduced also other meanings of pietas – adversus deos and erga patriam. Sextus promoted the concept in many various ways – using monetary legends, symbols, personifications and allegories. Such a consistency in his propaganda was very unusual for the previous Republican coinage. Thus, it was a key step toward the monetary propaganda we know from the later, imperial coinage.
Bare head of Pompey the Great left; dolphin below and trident in left field
Four galleys without sails about to engage in combat, two moving right, two moving left
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