Modern term for the quarter-ounce piece, in Antiquity called sicilicus (Lat.). The term was not limited to coinage, but generally denoted the fourth part of the twelfth of a whole (=1/48). The quartuncia is the smallest value in the semilibral standard, always minted in bronze, with obverse helmeted head of Roma, reverse prora ('prow'), without denomination (mint Rome, 217-215 BC, RRC 38/8), in Brundisium with obverse head of Poseidon, reverse Taras on dolphin and denomination C, in Graxa (Apulia) with obverse scallop, reverse dolphin and denomination .
Cite this pageStumpf, Gerd (Munich), “Quartuncia”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 10 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1016930>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510
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