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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Caius Memmius Caii filius

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Caius Memmius Caii filius
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This silver coin was minted by Caius Memmius, son of Caius, in 56 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 Ceres, the corn goddess. The design commemorates the first celebration of the Ludi Cereales, games in honour of Ceres, in or before 211 BC by an ancestor of the moneyer. The legend 'C.MEMMI.C.F' refers to the moneyer.

Each obverse and reverse die used for the Roman Republican coinage appears to have been individually made. The metal on the die was probably hammered out, then engraved. The dies were struck onto coin blanks which were made in open moulds.

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