Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Marcus Volteius Marci filius

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Marcus Volteius Marci filius

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Marcus Volteius, son of Marcus, in 78 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 the hero Hercules.

In the period between 88 and 63 BC, the Roman treasury was short of money, a situation only eased when Rome defeated Mithridates in Asia, providing booty in the short term and tribute in the longer term.

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Online ID: 000-100-078-636-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1915.124
Date: 78 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Head of Hercules r. / Rev. Erymanthian boarr.; in exergue, M.VOLTEI. M.F
Dimensions: 17.50 mm D / Die Axis: 4.5
What: Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Hercules
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Silver denarius of the Roman Republic, Rome, 78 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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