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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Procilius

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Procilius
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This silver coin was minted in Rome by Lucius Procilius in 80 BC. It is a type called a denarius, the most common Roman silver coin. It was a special issue, as indicated by the legend 'S.C'. This picture shows the obverse of the coin.

The obverse depicts Jupiter, the father of the gods. Behind him is the inscription 'S.C' (for senatus consulto), indicating that this was a special coinage struck at the command of the Senate.

Most Roman Republican coins were minted by magistrates called moneyers. In exceptional cases the Senate ordered other officials to strike special issues. This is the case for this coin, as indicated by the inscription 'EX S.C.' (for ex senatus consulto).

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