Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Augustus

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minted somewhere in Italy

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Augustus

This silver coin was minted somewhere in Italy by Octavian (later known as the emperor Augustus) around 32 to 29 BC. 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 Octavian, looking to the right. The coin has been struck off centre.

At the end of the civil wars precipitated by the death of Caesar in 44 BC, the Roman system of minting coins was in shambles. Individual contenders had minted their own coinage from a variety of places to pay their troops. After his decisive victory in 31 BC, Octavian had to rebuild the economy.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-589-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1932.463
Date: c. 32 - 29 BC
Minted around 32 to 29 BC
Material: Silver; both sides off-centre; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv.: no legend; bare head right. Rev.: CAESAR DIVI F, across field; Victory standing left on globe, holding wreath and palm
Dimensions: Diameter 21.00 x 20.00 mm; weight 3.61 g; die axis 8.5
What: Coin Type: RIC I (revised edition) 254a
Coin, denarius
Subject: Coins and currency
Who: Augustus (Emperor)
Where: Italy
Roman Empire
Description: Silver denarius of Augustus, Roman Empire, minted in Italy, c. 32-29 BC
  • I.A. Carradice, 'A Catalogue of Roman Coins in the Collections of the RSM, Edinburgh', No. 1 
  • 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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