Coin (obverse), Denarius serratus, of Quintus Antonius Balbus

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Coin (obverse), Denarius serratus, of Quintus Antonius Balbus

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Quintus Antonius Balbus in 83 or 82 BC. It is a type known as a denarius serratus, due to its serrated edge. It was a special issue, minted in his capacity as a Praetor (a judicial official).

The obverse depicts Jupiter, the father of the gods, wearing a wreath. Behind are the letters 'S.C' (for senatus consulto). Before him is the mint control-mark, a T with a dot to the right, used to control the issue of dies.

Most Roman Republican coins were minted by magistrates called moneyers. In exceptional cases the Senate ordered other officials to strike special issues. This is the case for this coin, as indicated by the inscription.

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Online ID: 000-100-078-629-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1960.335
Date: 83 - 82 BC
83 or 82 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Laureate head of Jupiter r.; behind, S.C downwards; before, control-mark, T with dot to right / Rev. Victory in quadriga r., holding reins and palm-branch in l. hand and wreath in r. hand; in exergue, Q.ANTO. BALB
Dimensions: 19.00 mm D / Die Axis: 4.5
What: Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Jupiter
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Silver denarius of the Roman Republic, Rome, 83 - 82 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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