Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Marcus Baebius Quinti filius Tampilus

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Marcus Baebius Quinti filius Tampilus

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Marcus Baebius Tampilus son of Quintus 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 portrays Roma, the goddess and personification of Rome, wearing a helmet and a necklace of pendants. Behind, and running upwards, is the inscription 'TAMPIL', an abbreviation of the name of the moneyer. The X below the chin is a mark of value.

In the Republic, coins were minted in bronze, silver and gold, though gold issues were rare. The silver denarius became the most common coin after the mid-2nd century BC. At first equal to 10 bronze asses, it later was valued at 16.

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Online ID: 000-100-065-482-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15050
Date: 137
137 BC
Material: Silver; edge nick at 3.5 (obverse); both sides very slightly off-centre; slight wear. Inscription: Obv. Helmeted head of Roma to left, wearing necklace of pendants; X below chin; behind, TAMPIL, upwards / Rev. Apollo in quadriga to right, holding bow and
Dimensions: 19.00 x 18.50 mm D / Die Axis: 1.0
What: Coin Type: Crawford 236/1a
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Apollo
M. Baebius Q. f. Tampilus (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius of Rome, minted by M. Baebius Q. f. Tampilus, 137 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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