Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Roscius Fabatus

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Roscius Fabatus

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Lucius Roscius Fabatus in 64 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 head of Juno Sospita, the goddess of women and childbirth. Behind her is an unknown object, used as a mint control-mark. The legend 'L.ROSCI' refers to the moneyer.

Between 130 and 60 BC, many Roman coins often had control-marks - letters or symbols which were probably used to record the number of dies supplied to officials. This moneyer used an elaborate system, with everyday objects depicted on obverse and reverse.

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Online ID: 000-100-078-646-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1915.131
Date: 64 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Head of Juno sospita r.; behind, control-mark; below, L.ROSCI / Rev. Girl and snake facing each other; on l., control-mark; in exergue, FABATI
Dimensions: 18.00 mm D / Die Axis: 7.5
What: Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Juno Sospita
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Silver denarius of the Roman Republic, Rome, 64 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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