Coin (obverse), Denarius, probably of Caius Coelius Caldus

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, probably of Caius Coelius Caldus

This silver coin was minted in Rome, probably by Caius Coelius Caldus, in 104 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 and a necklace.

The Romans needed coins for three main purposes: to pay the salaries of her huge military force, to pay the salaries of her officials and to fund public works. Much of the silver needed to fund these issues came from tribute from the provinces.

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Online ID: 000-100-078-603-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1978.332
Date: 104 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Helmeted head of Roma l. / Rev. Victory in biga l.; above, control-mark, G with dot to left; below, C.COIL; in exergue, CALD
Dimensions: 18.00 mm D / Die Axis: 1.5
What: Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Roma
Where: Italy, Rome
Spain, Aznalcollar
Description: Silver denarius of the Roman Republic, Rome, 104 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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