Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Iulius Caesar filius Lucius

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Iulius Caesar filius Lucius

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Lucius Iulius Caesar, son of Lucius, in 103 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 the head of Mars, the god of war, wearing a helmet. Behind is the inscription 'CAESAR' written upwards. The design of the obverse is similar to that on coins struck by Quintus Minucius Thermus also in 103 BC.

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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Online ID: 000-100-065-590-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15158
Date: 103
103 BC
Material: Silver; both sides off-centre; slight wear. Inscription: Obv. Helmeted head of Mars to left; behind, CAESAR, upwards / Rev. Venus in biga of Cupids to left, holding sceptre; pellet and P above; lyre below; in exergue, [L .] IVLI . L . F
Dimensions: 16.00 x 17.00 mm D / Die Axis: 2.0
What: Coin Type: Crawford 320/1
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: L. Iulius Caesar (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius of Rome, struck by L. Iulius Caesar, 103 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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