Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Publius Porcius Laeca

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Publius Porcius Laeca

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Publius Porcius Laeca in either 110 or 109 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. Above her is the inscription 'ROMA'. Behind is the abbreviated moneyer's name 'P LAECA' written downwards. The X below the chin denotes the coin's value.

Roman naming conventions were very conservative, with only a very few names current. Family names were used, together with cognomen, or nicknames which might also be passed on. However, matching names on coins to those in documents is often difficult.

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Online ID: 000-100-065-568-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15136
Date: 110 - 109
110 or 109 BC
Material: Silver; obverse slightly off-centre; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Helmeted head of Roma to right; ROMA above; behind, P LAECA, downwards (AE ligated); X below chin / Rev. Figure standing left, raising right hand; on left, smaller figure, gesturing wit
Dimensions: 19.00 x 18.50 mm D / Die Axis: 11.0
What: Coin Type: Crawford 301/1
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: P. Porcius Laeca (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius of Rome, struck by P. Porcius Laeca, 110 - 109 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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