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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Safra

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minted in Rome

Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Safra
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This silver denarius was minted in Rome in 150 BC. The cognomen, or nickname, of the moneyer (Safra) is recorded on the coin, but his identity is otherwise unknown. This picture shows the obverse of the coin.

The obverse portrays Roma, the goddess and personification of Rome, wearing a helmet, her hair flowing in three locks. The letter X behind her is a mark of value.

During the 160s and 150s BC, virtually no silver coins were minted in Rome. Thereafter, with the wealth from conquered Mediterranean lands, silver coins were again issued, with the silver denarius the chief issue.

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