The Roman republic controlled the minting of its coinage by way of monetary magistrates, who were chosen every year by popular vote. From the mid-2nd century BC onwards the prominence of these magistrates, who belonged to the most important families in Rome, increased until they were able to choose the designs of the coins. The iconographies were related above all to the history of their family, although nowadays we cannot always interpret their true significance. A good example is the denarius made in 55 BC at the Rome mint, under the supervision of P(ublius) CRASSVS, as its inscription on the reverse indicates. This magistrate had the bust of the goddess Venus placed on the obverse, and on the reverse, a female figure leading a horse and holding a spear.