Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Caius Vibius Caii filius Pansa

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Postcard of Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Caius Vibius Caii filius Pansa.
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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Caius Vibius Caii filius Pansa

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Caius Vibius Pansa, son of Caius, in 90 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 Apollo, the Greek god of light, healing and prophecy, wearing a laurel wreath. Behind him is the legend 'PANSA' written downwards. The letter below the chin, possibly an S, is a mint control-mark.

Most coins of the Roman Republic were issued by officials called moneyers. They may have been elected, perhaps annually. From the 2nd century BC there were three moneyers each year.

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Online ID: 000-100-065-630-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15198
Date: 90
90 BC
Material: Silver; a little light pitting; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Laureate head of Apollo to right; behind, PANSA, downwards; ?S below chin / Rev. Ceres walking right, holding torch in each hand; pig in front of her; behind, C . VIBIVS . C . F, downwards
Dimensions: 18.00 x 17.00 mm D / Die Axis: 7.0
What: Coin Type: Crawford 342/3a or 3b
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Apollo
C. Vibius C. f. Pansa (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius of Rome, struck by C. Vibius C. f. Pansa, 90 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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