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Coin (obverse), Denarius of Marcus Mettius

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minted in Rome

Coin (obverse), Denarius of Marcus Mettius
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This silver coin was minted in Rome by Marcus Mettius in 44 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 the wreathed head of Julius Caesar. Behind him are symbols of his priestly offices of Augur (the lituus or staff) and Pontifex Maximus (the culullus or bowl). In front is the legend 'CAESAR.IM [P]' for Caesar Imperator.

The design of this issue, and those of the other three moneyers who struck coins in this year, are the first instances of a portrait of Caesar appearing on coins. It is unclear whether this predates his assassination on the Ides of March.

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