Roman Republic, Denarius


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

The obverse of this denarius from the year 82 BC depicts a winged and draped bust of Victoria, the goddess of victory. The reverse shows a legionary eagle flanked by two military standards.

These denarii were minted to pay for the war against Quintus Sertorius, who tried to establish an republic in Spain that was independent from Rome. Valerius Flaccus, the issuer of the coin, was sent by the Roman Senate to fight the ursurper. Yet even though the design on Valerius Flaccus' coins clearly anticipates victory, Quintus Sertorius held sway in Spain for another ten years.


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