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Coin (obverse), Denarius serratus, of Lucius Memmius Galerius

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minted in Rome

Coin (obverse), Denarius serratus, of Lucius Memmius Galerius
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This silver coin was minted in Rome by Lucius Memmius Galerius in 106 BC. It is a type of coin known as a denarius serratus due to its serrated edge. This picture shows the obverse.

The obverse depicts the head of Saturn, the god of agriculture, with a harpa (a sickle-shaped sword) behind him. In front of him is a mint control-mark, the letter X and a pellet. The inscription 'ROMA' denotes the mint at Rome.

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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