Roman Republic, As


Roman Republic, As (obverse) Roman Republic, As (reverse)

The obverse of this bronze as from the time of the late Roman Republic bears the head of Janus, the two-faced god of beginnings and ends. Janus had already been depicted on the very first asses of the 3rd century BC.

The reverse shows a prow with the goddess Victoria in it. The inscription above the prow reads L. PISO, the one below FRVGI; it is the abbreviated name of the moneyer Lucius Calpurnius Piso Frugi, the Roman official responsible for the issue of this coin.


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