Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Augustus

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minted in Spain

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

This silver coin was minted in Spain by the emperor Augustus around 19 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 Augustus facing to the right. The coin is struck off centre, so only part of the legend 'CAESAR [AVGVSTVS]', identifying Augustus and his family name (and also title) of Caesar, survives on this example.

After Caesar's death in 44 BC, over a decade of civil war ensued. Octavian, Caesar's adopted son, emerged victor in 31 BC. A new constitutional form of government was agreed with the Senate, and Octavian assumed the title Augustus in 27 BC. Over his long reign, he expanded the frontiers, and rebuilt many of Rome's institutions, moving the government from a republic to an empire.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-652-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C10431
Date: 19
Minted around 19 BC
Material: Silver; oval flan; both sides off-centre; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. CAESAR [AVGVSTVS]; bare head of Augustus to right / Rev. Oak-wreath enclosing a shield inscribed S P . Q . R / CL . V; OB . CIVIS above; SERVAT [OS] below
Dimensions: 19.50 x 17.00 mm D / Die Axis: 5.0
What: Coin Type: RIC I (revised ed) 79a
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Augustus
Where: Roman Empire
Spain (uncertain mint 2)
Description: Silver denarius of Augustus, Rome, minted in Spain at uncertain mint 2, c 19 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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