Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Marcus Furius Lucii filius Philus

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Marcus Furius Lucii filius Philus

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Marcus Furius Philus, son of Lucius, in 119 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 Janus, the two-faced god, wearing a laurel wreath. Around him is the inscription 'M.FOVRI. L.F', referring to the moneyer.

The silver denarius became the most common coin issued after the mid-2nd century BC. At first equal to 10 bronze asses, from around 141 BC it was valued at 16. Thereafter, the sestertius, equated at four to a denarius, was the unit of reckoning.

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Online ID: 000-100-078-570-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1978.321
Date: 119 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Laureate head of Janus; around, M.FOVRI. L.F / Rev. Roma (wearing Corinthian helmet) standing l., sceptre in l. hand; behind, ROMA upwards; in exergue, PHILI
Dimensions: 19.00 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Janus
Where: Italy, Rome
Spain, Aznalcollar
Description: Silver denarius of the Roman Republic , Rome, 119 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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