Roman Republic, Denarius


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

The obverse of this Roman denarius from the year 63 BC depicts Vesta, the goddess of hearth, home, and family and the keeper of the sacred fire. The correct execution of her cult was a precondition for the well-being of the entire Roman state. Six virgin priestesses, the Vestals, were entrusted with Vesta's cult.

The reverse of the coin shows a voter dropping a table marked V into a chest. The V stood for VTI ROGAS and was used when casting a favorable vote. The design refers to a trial of 113 BC in which three Vestals were accused of improper conduct and sentenced to death.


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