Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Publius Plautius Hypsaeus

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Publius Plautius Hypsaeus

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Publius Plautius Hypsaeus in 60 BC. It is a type called a denarius, the most common Roman silver coin. It was a special issue, as indicated by the legend 'S.C'. This picture shows the obverse of the coin.

The obverse depicts Leuconoe, the daughter of Neptune, god of the Sea. Behind her is a dolphin. The legend 'P.YPSAE.' refers to the moneyer. The letters 'S.C' should follow his name but are missing because the coin was struck off centre.

Most Roman Republican coins were minted by officials called moneyers. In exceptional cases the Senate ordered special issues to be struck. This is the case for this coin, as indicated by the legend 'S.C' (for 'ex senatus consulto').

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Online ID: 000-100-078-654-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1915.137
Date: 60 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Bust of Leuconoe r., draped and with variously bejewelled hair;behind, dolphin; before, P.YPSAE.S.C downwards / Rev. Jupiter in quadriga l., hurling thunderbolt; below, C.YPSAE.COSwith PRIV under PSAE; behind, CEPIT upwards
Dimensions: 19.00 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Jupiter
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Silver denarius of the Roman Republic, Rome, 60 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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