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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Manius Aquillius

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Manius Aquillius
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This silver coin was minted in Rome by Manius Aquillius in either 109 or 108 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 Sol, the sun god. The letter X below the chin is a mark of value.

In the Republic, coins were minted in bronze, silver and gold, though gold issues were rare. The silver denarius became the most common coin after the mid-2nd century BC. At first equal to 10 bronze asses, it later was valued at 16.

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