Coin (obverse), Denarius serratus, of Caius Sulpicius Caii filius

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Coin (obverse), Denarius serratus, of Caius Sulpicius Caii filius

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Caius Sulpicius, son of Caius, in 106 BC. It is a type of coin known as a denarius serratus due to its serrated edge. This picture shows the obverse.

The two busts have been identified as the Dei Penates Publici. Each has finely braided hair and wears a laurel wreath.

In Roman religion, the Penates were guardians of the household stores. Their cult was merged with that of the Dioscuri (the twins Caster and Polux), who appeared on early Roman coins.

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Online ID: 000-100-078-598-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1934.50
Date: 106 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Jugate, laureate head of Dei Penates l.; before, D.P.P downwards / Rev. Two male figures facing each other, pointing at sow between them; above, control-mark, F; in exergue, C.SVLPICI.C.F
Dimensions: 19.50 mm D / Die Axis: 10.5
What: Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Silver denarius of the Roman Republic, Rome, 106 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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