Roman Republic, L. Hostilius Saserna, Denarius

"Victory! Victory over the Gauls!" This is the apparent message on this denarius. The obverse represents the disheveled head of a Gallic warrior with a Celtic shield behind him. The Gaul has a rope around his neck, is thus a captive. The reverse depicts a vehicle called a biga, driven by a charioteer and bearing a warrior holding a shield and hurling a spear. The legend L. HOSTILIVS refers to the moneyer Lucius Hostilius Saserna, a political supporter of Julius Caesar.