Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Otho

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Postcard of Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Otho.
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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Otho

This silver coin was minted in Rome by the emperor Otho in 69 AD. It is a type called a denarius, the most common Roman silver coin. This picture shows the obverse of the coin.

The obverse has the bare head of the emperor Otho looking to the right. The legend '[IMP] OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P' identifies the emperor and abbreviates some of his titles.

The Romans needed coins for one main purpose - to pay the salaries of her huge military force. They were also needed to pay the salaries of her officials and to fund public works and special payments to the poor.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-496-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1938.920
Date: 69
Minted in 69 AD
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. (IMP) OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P; head of Otho, bare, r. / Rev. PONT MAX; Ceres standing l.
Dimensions: 18.00 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: RIC 6
Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Ceres
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Silver denarius of Otho, Rome, 69
  • Sutherland, C.H.V. The Roman Imperial Coinage. From 31 BC to AD 69. Vol. 1, revised ed. London: Spink and Son Ltd, 1984. 
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