22. A. Postumius
Sp. N. Albinus, A. F., grandson of No. 19, and probably son of No. 21, was consul B. C. 99, with M. Antonius. (Plin. Nat. 8.7
; Obseq. 106.) Gellius (4.6
) quotes the words of a senatusconsultum passed in their consulship in consequence of the spears of Mars having moved. Cicero says that he was a good speaker. (Brut.
35, post Red. ad Quir.
The following coin is supposed by Eckhel (vol. v. p. 288) and others to refer to this Albinus. On one side is the head of a female with the letters HISPAN., which may perhaps have reference to the victory which his ancestor L. Aibinus obtained in Spain. [See No. 15.] On the other side a man is represented stretching out his hand to an eagle, a military standard, and behind him are the fasces with the axe. On it are the letters A. POST. A. F. N. S. ABIN (so on the coin, instead of ALBIN.). On the coins of the Postumia gens the praenomen Spurius is alway written S. and not SP.