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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Cassius Longinus

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Cassius Longinus
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This silver coin was minted in Rome by Lucius Cassius Longinus in 63 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 Vesta, the goddess of the hearth, wearing a veil and diadem. To her right is a dish. On the left is the letter L, used here as a mint control-mark.

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. Later moneyers usually used symbols, but this one used the letters from his name.

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