Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Augustus

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minted in Italy, perhaps at Brundisium or Rome

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

This silver coin was minted in Italy, perhaps at Brundisium or Rome, by Octavian (later known as the emperor Augustus) around 29 to 27 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 head of Apollo, god of light, healing and prophecy, wearing a laurel wreath. It is fairly worn.

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: 000-180-001-593-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15401
Date: c. 29 - 27
Minted around 29 to 27 BC
Material: Silver; reverse very slightly off-centre; fairly worn. Inscription: Obv. No legend; laureate head of Apollo to right / Rev. Octavian ploughing with yoke of oxen to right, holding whip; [I] MP CAESAR in exergue
Dimensions: 18.50 x 17.50 mm D / Die Axis: 10.5
What: Coin Type: RIC I (revised edition) 272
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Apollo
Where: Italy (?Brundisium or Rome)
Roman Empire
Description: Silver denarius of Augustus, Rome, minted in Italy at ?Brundisium or Rome, c. 29 - 27 BC
  • 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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