Roman Republic, Denarius


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

In the year 83 BC, the temple of Jupiter on the Capitoline Hill in Rome went up in flames. The temple, which was more than 400 years old at that time, fell victim to the fighting between the parties of Lucius Cornelius Sulla (the Optimates) and of Gaius Marius (the Populares).

After the fire, the temple was rebuilt and rededicated in 69 BC. When this denarius was issued, the temple was thus merely a construction site. Nevertheless, it is illustrated on this coin. The image on the obverse appropriately shows Jupiter, the lord of the house.


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