Description:This silver denarius coin was minted in the Roman region of Hispania (present day Spain), by moneyers Caius Annius and Lucius Fabius in 82-81 BC. The obverse of this Roman Republic coin shows the head of Anna Perenna wearing a stephane and a caduceus is shown behind her. The Latin legend translates to: "Caius Annius, Son of Titi, Grandson of Titi, Proconsul, Issued by Decree of the Senate." The prominent Roman family of Caius Annius claimed to be descendant from Anna Perenna.
In traditional Roman religion, Anna Perenna was the Roman goddess of long life and renewal, health and plenty. Her two names both make reference to the year: Anna means "to live through a year", while Perenna means "last many years" (still seen in the English words annual and perennial). Her festival fell on the Ides of March (March 15), the first full moon in the old lunar Roman calendar and was held at her sacred grove on the Via Flaminia in Rome. The festival of Anna Perenna was beloved by the common plebs who feasted, danced and celebrated with much wine, toasting to health and long life.
On the reverse of this coin, winged Victoria is depicted holding the reins and a palm frond, while driving a galloping four horse chariot known as a quadriga. The Latin legend translates to "Lucius Fabius, Son of Lucii of Spain." Victoria, the personification of Victory, was the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Nike. Victory, was a major part of Roman society and many temples were erected in her honor. She was a symbol of victory over death and determined who would be successful during war.