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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Caius Hosidi, Caii filius Geta

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minted in Rome

Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Caius Hosidi, Caii filius Geta
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This silver coin was minted in Rome by Caius Hosidi Geta, son of Caius, in 68 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 Diana, the goddess of women, childbirth and the hunt, carrying a bow and quiver over her shoulder. In front of her is the legend 'GETA' referring to the moneyer. Behind and almost worn away is the legend 'III VIR'.

Most coins of the Roman Republic were issued by officials called moneyers. They may have been elected, perhaps annually. Coins of the later Republic sometimes have all or part of their abbreviated title 'IIIVIR.A.A.A.F.F'.

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