Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Tiberius

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

This silver coin was minted in Rome by the emperor Tiberius sometime during his reign between 14 and 37 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 head of Tiberius wearing a laurel wreath facing to the right. The legend 'TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS' identifies Tiberius and the fact that he was the son of the deified Augustus. Tiberius was the stepson of Augustus and had eventually been named by Augustus as his heir.

Most Roman emperors were proclaimed gods after their deaths and received the title 'Divus'. Temples were erected in their honour. Bad emperors were condemned, and their acts annulled. A few emperors were left in limbo, not consecrated or condemned.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-645-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C10450
Date: 14 - 37
Minted between 14 and 37 AD
Material: Silver; reverse slightly off-centre; slight wear. Inscription: Obv. TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS; laureate head right / Rev. PONTIF MAXIM; female figure seated right, holding long vertical sceptre and branch, on chair with ornamented legs above single l
Dimensions: 18.50 mm D / Die Axis: 9.5
What: Coin Type: RIC I (revised ed) 30
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Tiberius
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Empire
Description: Silver denarius of Tiberius, Rome, c AD 14 - 37
  • 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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