Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Marcus Varunteius

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Marcus Varunteius

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Marcus Varunteius in 130 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. In front of her is a star, a mark of value. Behind her is the inscription 'M.VARG' written downwards (an abbreviation of the moneyer's name).

Most coins of the Roman Republic were issued by officials called moneyers. They may have been elected, perhaps annually. In some cases, as here, the coins provide the only evidence surviving about these people.

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Online ID: 000-100-078-554-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1978.312
Date: 130 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Helmeted head of Roma r.; behind, M.VARG downwards; before, mark of value / Rev. Jupiter in quadriga r., holding thunderbolt and reins in l. hand and branch in r. hand; in exergue, ROMA
Dimensions: 19.00 mm D / Die Axis: 1.5
What: Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Jupiter
Where: Italy, Rome
Spain, Aznalcollar
Description: Silver denarius of the Roman Republic, Rome, 130 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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