Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Calpurnius Piso Lucii filius Frugi

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Calpurnius Piso Lucii filius Frugi

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Lucius Calpurnius Piso Frugi, son of Lucius, in 90 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 Apollo, the Greek god of light, healing and prophecy, wearing a laurel wreath.

Although the name of the moneyer does not appear on the obverse or reverse of this coin, he can be identified by analogy with similar issues which are signed. This was a prolific issue, known from over 800 obverse dies and 1000 reverse dies.

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Online ID: 000-100-078-611-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1960.334
Date: 90 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Laureate head of Apollo / Rev. Horseman with palm-branch
Dimensions: 19.50 mm D / Die Axis: 10.5
What: Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Apollo
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Silver denarius of the Roman Republic, Rome, 90 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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