Coin (obverse), Denarius serratus, of Lucius Cornelius Scipio Asiaticus

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Postcard of Coin (obverse), Denarius serratus, of Lucius Cornelius Scipio Asiaticus.
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Coin (obverse), Denarius serratus, of Lucius Cornelius Scipio Asiaticus

This silver-plated coin was minted in Rome by Lucius Cornelius Scipio Asiaticus in 106 BC. It is a type of coin known as a denarius serratus due to its serrated edge. The coin may be an ancient forgery. This picture shows the obverse.

The obverse depicts a bust of Jupiter, the father of the gods, wearing a laurel wreath.

From the beginning of the denarius through to the mid 60's BC, certain issues were made with serrated edges, cut with a chisel before striking the coin. The reasons behind this practice are not known, but perhaps were due merely to fashion.

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Online ID: 000-100-065-579-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15147
Date: 106
106 BC
Material: Silver and base metal; serrated edge; slightly damaged silvering on both sides; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Laureate bust of Jupiter to left / Rev. Jupiter in quadriga to right, holding sceptre and hurling thunderbolt; R above; L . SCIP . ASIAG in ex
Dimensions: 19.50 x 19.00 mm D / Die Axis: 3.5
What: Coin Type: Crawford 311/1d
Coin, denarius / serratus / plated
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Jupiter
L. Cornelius Scipio Asiaticus (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver plated denarius serratus of Rome, struck by L. Cornelius Scipio Asiaticus, 106 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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