Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Marcus Caecilius Quinti filius Quinti nepos Metellus

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Marcus Caecilius Quinti filius Quinti nepos Metellus

This silver coin was minted in Rome in 127 BC by Marcus Caecilius Metellus, son of Quintus, grandson of Quintus. 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. Behind her is the inscription "ROMA' written downwards. The star below her chin is a mark of value.

The depiction of Roma on the obverse of the denarius was used for a very long time. While small variations occur, moneyers adhered to the basic design until around 100 BC. The depiction is a military one, with Roma in a helmet.

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Online ID: 000-100-065-506-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15074
Date: 127
127 BC
Material: Silver; obverse slightly off-centre; mostly moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Helmeted head of Roma to right; behind, ROMA, downwards; star below chin / Rev. Macedonian shield, decorated with elephant's head; around, M . METELLVS . Q .. F .; all within lau
Dimensions: 17.00 x 17.50 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: Crawford 263/1b
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: M. Caecilius Q. f. Q. n. Metellus (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius of Rome, minted by M. Caecilius Q. f. Q. n. Metellus, 127 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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