Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Cassius Longinus

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Cassius Longinus

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Lucius Cassius Longinus 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 Liber, the god of vegetation who later became associated with Bacchus, the god of wine and fertility. He wears an ivy-wreath and carries over his shoulder a thyrsus, a pole carried by Bacchus or others involved in Bacchic rites.

The silver denarius became the most common coin issued after the mid-2nd century BC. At first equal to 10 bronze asses, from around 141 BC it was valued at 16. Thereafter, the sestertius, equated at four to a denarius, was the unit of reckoning.

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Online ID: 000-100-065-689-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15257
Date: 78
78 BC
Material: Silver; reverse slightly off-centre; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Head of Liber to right, wearing ivy-wreath; thyrsus over shoulder / Rev. Head of Libera to left, wearing vine-wreath; on right, L . CASSI . Q . F, upwards
Dimensions: 18.00 x 19.50 mm D / Die Axis: 8.0
What: Coin Type: Crawford 386/1
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: L. Cassius Longinus (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius of Rome, minted by L. Cassius Longinus, 78 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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