Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Marcus Nonius Sufenas

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Marcus Nonius Sufenas

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Marcus Nonius Sufenas in 59 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 Saturn, the god of agriculture, with a harpa (a sickle-shaped sword) and oval object behind him. The legend 'S C' shows that the coin was a special issue, while 'SVFENAS' identifies the moneyer.

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: 000-100-078-655-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1915.136
Date: 59 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Head of Saturn r.; behind, harpa and oval object; behind, S C upwards; before, SVFENAS downwards / Rev. Roma seated l. on pile of armour; behind, Victory, crowning Roma; around, PR.L.V.P.F; in exergue, SEX.NONI
Dimensions: 19.50 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Roma
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Silver denarius of the Roman Republic, Rome, 59 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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