Roman Republic, Denarius


Roman Republic, Denarius (obverse) Roman Republic, Denarius (reverse)

This denarius was presumably minted in Tarentum. The obverse of the coin bears the head of the goddess Roma and the reverse shows the Dioscuri Castor and Pollux. Beneath the horses of the Dioscuri a spearhead is embossed – a symbol depicted on many ancient Roman coins found in the region of Tarentum. From this can be concluded that coins with a spearhead symbol were struck in Tarentum. This is not confirmed, though; there are a lot of symbols on Roman coins that cannot yet be assigned to a certain mint.


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