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 or 18 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 left. He is identified by the legend 'CAESAR AVGVSTVS'. The coin has been struck slightly off centre.

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: 000-180-001-665-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C10428
Date: 19 - 18
Minted around 19 or 18 BC
Material: Silver; obverse slightly off-centre; slight wear. Inscription: Obv. CAESAR AVGVSTVS; bare-headed bust of Augustus to left / Rev. CL . V on a round shield; S P / Q R around
Dimensions: 20.50 mm D / Die Axis: 5.0
What: Coin Type: RIC I (revised ed) 43b
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Augustus
Where: Roman Empire
Spain (uncertain mint I)
Description: Silver denarius of Augustus, Rome, minted in Spain at uncertain mint I, c 19 - 18 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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