Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Marcus Sergius Silus

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Marcus Sergius Silus

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Marcus Sergius Silus in 116 or 115 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. Behind her is the word 'ROMA' written downwards, and a star which is a mark of value. In front is the inscription 'EX.S.C' written upwards.

Most Roman Republican coins were minted by magistrates called moneyers. In exceptional cases the Senate ordered the quaestors (financial officials) to strike special issues. This is the case for this coin, as indicated by the inscription.

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Online ID: 000-100-065-541-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15109
Date: 116 - 115
116 or 115 BC
Material: Silver; both sides very slightly off-centre; slight to moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Helmeted head of Roma to right; behind, ROMA, downwards, and star; in front, EX . S . C, upwards / Rev. Horseman to left, holding sword and severed head; below, Q / M
Dimensions: 18.00 x 17.00 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: Crawford 286/1
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: M. Sergius Silus (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius of Rome, struck by M. Sergius Silus, 116 - 115 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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