Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Axsius Lucii filius Naso

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Axsius Lucii filius Naso

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Lucius Axsius Naso, son of Lucius, in 71 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 Mars, the god of war, wearing a helmet. The Roman numeral VIIII, written downwards, with a bar above is a mint control-mark. Below is the legend 'NASO' (referring to the moneyer), and to the right 'S.C' (for senatus consulto).

Most Roman Republican coins were minted by officials called moneyers. In exceptional cases the Senate ordered other officials to strike issues, or perhaps moneyers to strike extra coinage. This is the case for this coin, as indicated by the legend.

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Online ID: 000-100-065-704-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15272
Date: 71
71 BC
Material: Silver; reverse very slightly off-centre; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Helmeted head of Mars to right; behind, VIIII, downwards, with bar above; below, NASO; S . C below chin / Rev. Diana in biga of stags to right, holding spear; two dogs behind and o
Dimensions: 19.00 x 18.50 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: Crawford 400/1a
Coin, denarius / forgery?
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Diana
L. Axsius L. f. Naso (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius (forgery?) of Rome, minted by L. Axsius L. f. Naso, 71 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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