Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Marcius Philippus

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Marcius Philippus

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Lucius Marcius Philippus in either 113 or 112 BC. It is a type called a denarius, the most common Roman silver coin. This picture shows the obverse of the coin.

The obverse has a male head, probably intended to be Philip of Macedon, wearing a helmet with goat's horns, on which rests a diadem. Behind the helmet is the monogram 'MAR'. Below the chin is the Greek letter theta.

Philip of Macedon was king of Macedonia. In the late 3rd century/early 2nd century BC he was often enemy and sometimes ally of Rome. The unusual design of this coin is probably intended to refer to the moneyer's cognomen, or nickname, Phillippus.

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Online ID: 000-100-065-557-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15125
Date: 113 - 112
113 or 112 BC
Material: Silver; both sides slightly off-centre, especially reverse; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Male head to right (Philip of Macedon), wearing helmet with goat's horns, on which rests diadem; behind helmet, MAR monogram; below chin, Greek theta / Rev. Eques
Dimensions: 18.50 x 18.00 mm D / Die Axis: 1.0
What: Coin Type: Crawford 293/1
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: L. Marcius Philippus (Maker)
Philip of Macedon
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius of Rome, struck by L. Marcius Philippus, 113 - 112 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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