Roman Republic, Denarius


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

This denarius was emitted in the year 120 BC, the time of the late Roman Republic. It bears on its obverse the head of Roma, the personification of the city of Rome. Behind her is the inscription ROMA, indication for the depicted goddess as well as for the issuing state.

The reverse shows Victoria, the winged goddess of victory, driving a quadriga, a four-horse chariot. She holds a palm branch in her hand; above the heads of the horses are the victor's laurels. The value of the denarius is indicated below the chariot, X for 10 (asses). Underneath the ground line are the initials M. TVLLI, the signature of the moneyer Marcus Tullius.


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