Roman Republic, Victoriatus


Roman Republic, Victoriatus (obverse) Roman Republic, Victoriatus (reverse)

During the Second Punic War (218-201 BC) a new Roman silver coin was created. It depicted the head of Jupiter on the obverse, while the reverse bore Victoria, the goddess of victory. After this image the Romans called the new coin "victoriatus."

Victoriati were often issued by Roman military commanders abroad and not in the main mint in Rome. Although several of these coins display a mintmark, we do not always know where they were struck. The letter Q on the victoriatus shown here designates the mint, but it is yet unknown to which town it could allude.


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