Roman Empire, Gaius, Quadrans


Roman Empire, Gaius, Quadrans (obverse) Roman Empire, Gaius, Quadrans (reverse)

There is no picture on the obverse of this inconspicuous small coin from antique Rome, only the three letters RCC. When the coin was struck, this was a generally known abbreviation meaning "Remissa ducentesima." The "ducentesima" was a tax of five percent on all auctioned goods. Emperor Caligula (37-41) abolished this tax for all such goods traded in Italy, the heartland of the Roman Empire. The reverse of our coin depicts a pileus, the traditional headdress of emancipated slaves. The pileus was a fashion that the Romans had adopted from Phrygia in Asia Minor. Standing for freedom in general, it on this coin decodes the tax rescission as a sign of liberty.


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