Roman Republic, Denarius


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

Two godesses on one coin: On the obverse Roma, behind her for a mint control mark an ear. On the reverse Victoria in a biga, below her L. IVLI for the moneyer Lucius Julius. He was one of the'tresviri aere argento auro flando feriundo,' the 'three man for the striking and casting of bronze, silver and gold.'

The denar was introduced in 211 BC and in the beginning typically bore Roma and the Dioskouri Castor and Pollux. In the course of the 2nd century BC the moneyers obtained the right to put their names on their coins and to define the coin motifs themselves. Lucius Julius left Roma on his coin and put Victoria in a chariot on the reverse.


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