Coin (obverse), Denarius serratus, of Caius Marius Caii filius Capito

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Coin (obverse), Denarius serratus, of Caius Marius Caii filius Capito

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Caius Marius Capito, son of Caius, in 81 BC. It is a type known as a denarius serratus, due to its serrated edge. It was a special issue, as indicated by the legend on the reverse. This picture shows the obverse.

The obverse depicts Ceres, the corn goddess. Around her and on the left is the legend 'CAPIT.CXXXIIII', the first part referring to the moneyer. The last part, the Roman numeral, and the bell below the chin are mint control-marks, used to control dies.

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: 000-100-065-675-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15243
Date: 81
81 BC
Material: Silver; serrated edge; obverse slightly off-centre; fairly worn. Inscription: Obv. Draped bust of Ceres to right; around, on left and above, CAPIT . CXXXIIII; bell below chin / Rev. Ploughman with yoke of oxen to left; CXXXIIII above; C . MARI . C . F / S
Dimensions: 19.00 mm D / Die Axis: 4.5
What: Coin Type: Crawford 378/1c
Coin, denarius / serratus
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: C. Marius C. f. Capito (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius serratus of Rome, minted by C. Marius C. f. Capito, 81 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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