Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Manio Aemilius Lepidus

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Manio Aemilius Lepidus

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Manio Aemilius Lepidus in either 114 or 113 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 a female figure, probably the goddess Roma, wearing a laurel diadem. Behind her is a star, indicating the coin's value. In front is the inscription 'ROMA' (the letters MA joined).

The silver denarius became the most common coin issued after the mid-2nd century BC. At first equal to 10 bronze asses, from around 141 BC it was valued at 16. Thereafter, the sestertius, equated at four to a denarius, was the unit of reckoning.

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Online ID: 000-100-065-552-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15120
Date: 114 - 113
114 or 113 BC
Material: Silver; both sides slightly off-centre; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Laureate diademed draped female bust to right (Roma?); star behind; in front, ROMA (MA ligated) / Rev. Three arches, on which stands equestrian statue, holding spear; [MN] . AEMILIO
Dimensions: 19.50 x 17.00 mm D / Die Axis: 5.0
What: Coin Type: Crawford 291/1
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Mn. Aemilius Lepidus (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius of Rome, struck by Mn. Aemilius Lepidus, 114 - 113 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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