Coin (obverse), Denarius, perhaps of Lucius Marcius Philippus

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, perhaps of Lucius Marcius Philippus

This silver coin was minted in Rome in 56 BC, perhaps by Lucius Marcius Philippus. It is a type called a denarius, the most common Roman silver coin. This picture shows the obverse of the coin.

The obverse depicts Ancus Marcius, wearing a diadem and identified by the legend 'ANCVS' below. He was an ancient Roman king from whom the moneyer's family claimed descent. Behind him is a lituus, a staff associated with Augurs.

Moneyers were able to commission designs, and many referred to famous ancestors or cults. The lituus suggests that either the moneyer or an ancestor was an Augur, a high post with responsibilities for observing portents and associated judicial functions.

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Online ID: 000-100-078-662-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1915.147
Date: 56 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Head of Ancus Marcius r., wearing diadem; behind, lituus; below, ANCVS / Rev. Aqueduct and equestrian statue; at horse's feet, flower; on l., PHILLIPVS downwards; within arches of aqueduct AQVAMAR
Dimensions: 18.50 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Ancus Marcius
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Silver denarius of the Roman Republic, Rome, 56 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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