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.

The designs on coins of the Roman Republic were chosen by individual moneyers, who often commemorated their own families. Coins of the Empire, however, focussed on the emperor and his family. Almost all gold and silver coins feature the head of the emperor or his family on the obverse.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-654-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C10430
Date: 19
Minted around 19 BC
Material: Silver; oval flan; obverse slightly off-centre; worn. Inscription: Obv. [CAESAR] AVGVSTVS; bare head of Augustus to right / Rev. OB / CIVIS / SERVATOS within oak-wreath, its ties bent upwards
Dimensions: 16.50 x 18.00 mm D / Die Axis: 6.5
What: Coin Type: RIC I (revised ed) 77a
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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