Coin (obverse), Quinarius

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Coin (obverse), Quinarius

This Roman silver coin, of a denomination called a quinarius, was struck at an unknown mint sometime between 211 and 208. This picture shows the obverse of the coin.

The obverse portrays Roma, the goddess and personification of Rome, wearing a helmet. Behind her is a mark denoting the value of the coin.

In or around 211 BC a new coinage system was introduced in Rome. The silver issues were based on the denarius, and its fractions the quinarius (half denarius) and sestertius (quarter denarius), and the victoriatus.

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Online ID: 000-100-078-522-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1934.38
Date: after 211 BC
Between 211 and 208 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Helmeted head of Romar.; behind, mark of value / Rev. Dioscuri galloping r.; in linear frame, ROMA
Dimensions: 16.00 mm D / Die Axis: 3.0
What: Coin, quinarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Dioscuri
Where: Uncertain
Description: Silver quinarius of the Roman Republic, uncertain mint, after 211 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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