Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Marcus Volteius Marci filius

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Marcus Volteius Marci filius

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Marcus Volteius, son of Marcus, in 78 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 a draped figure, wearing a helmet bound with a laurel wreath. Behind are tongs, used here as a mint control-mark.

Later silver coins of the Roman Republic often had control-marks - letters or symbols which were probably used to record the number of dies supplied to the officials. This moneyer used a variety of symbols on the obverse and Greek letters on the reverse.

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Online ID: 000-100-065-687-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15255
Date: 78
78 BC
Material: Silver; both sides very slightly off-centre; edge nick at 11.5 (obverse); moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Laureate helmeted draped bust to right; tongs behind / Rev. Cybele in biga of lions to right, holding patera; IA above; in exergue, M . VOLTEI . M
Dimensions: 18.50 x 18.00 mm D / Die Axis: 4.0
What: Coin Type: Crawford 385/4
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Cybele
M. Volteius M. f. (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius of Rome, minted by M. Volteius M. f., 78 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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