Roman Republic, Denarius


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

The obverse of this Roman denarius from the year 56 BC shows the corn goddess Ceres. The Romans celebrated annually a seven-day festival in her honor, the Ludi Cereales. The first celebration of that festival was instituted by Gaius Memmius, an ancestor of the issuer of this coin. The legend C. MEMMI. C. F. refers to the moneyer.

The reverse depicts a kneeling captive in front of a trophy. The design celebrates the military victories of another of our moneyer's relatives, who is named C. MEMMIVS in the legend and referred to with his military title IMPERATOR.


Signet Sunflower Foundation