Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Titus Carisius

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Titus Carisius

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Titus Carisius in 46 BC. It is a type called a denarius, the most common Roman silver coin. This picture shows the obverse of the coin.

The obverse portrays Roma, the goddess and personification of Rome, wearing a helmet with a plain crest. Behind her is the inscription 'ROMA' written downwards.

The Romans needed coins for one main purpose - to pay the salaries of her huge military force - but also to pay the salaries of her officials and to fund public works. In the late Republic, aristocrats increasing used coins for luxuries and bribes.

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Online ID: 000-100-065-784-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15352
Date: 46
46 BC
Material: Silver; both sides slightly off-centre; slight pitting; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Helmeted head of Roma to right; helmet has plain crest; behind, ROMA, downwards / Rev. Cornucopiae on globe, between sceptre and rudder; T CARISI below; all within la
Dimensions: 18.00 x 19.50 mm D / Die Axis: 10.5
What: Coin Type: Crawford 464/3c
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Roma
T. Carisius (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius of Rome, minted by T. Carisius, 46 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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