Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Cassius Longinus

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Lucius Cassius Longinus

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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Online ID: 000-100-078-647-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1934.43
Date: 63 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Head of Vesta l., wearing veil and diadem; on r., dish; on l., control-letter, L / Rev. Voter l., dropping tablet marked V into cista; on r., LONGIN.III.V DOWNWARDS
Dimensions: 20.00 mm D / Die Axis: 4.5
What: Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Vesta
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Silver denarius of the Roman Republic, Rome, 63 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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