Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Tiberius Veturius

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Postcard of Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Tiberius Veturius.
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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Tiberius Veturius

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Tiberius Veturius in 137 BC. It is a type called a denarius, the most common Roman silver coin. This picture shows the obverse of the coin.

The obverse depicts a bust of Mars, the god of war, wearing a helmet. Behind him is the letter X. At the left edge running downwards, and almost worn away, is the inscription 'TI [.] VE' (the VE are joined together), referring to the moneyer.

Roman coins provide information on important people in the Republic, although in many cases, as here, they only provide a name, and that often abbreviated. Since people were known by family names, as today, families as well as individuals can be followed.

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Online ID: 000-100-065-479-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15047
Date: 137
137 BC
Material: Silver; parts of edge a little uneven; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Helmeted draped bust of Mars to right; X behind; TI [.] VE, downwards, at left edge (VE ligated) / Rev. Two warriors standing face to face, holding spears and touching with swords a p
Dimensions: 18.00 x 19.00 mm D / Die Axis: 1.0
What: Coin Type: Crawford 234/1
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Mars
T. Veturius (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius of Rome, minted by T. Veturius, 137 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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