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. He is identified by the legend 'CAESAR AVGVSTVS'.

The dot and crescent punch marks on the neck are known as 'bankers' marks'. Their purpose is not entirely certain, but they were possibly used to indicate coins which had been designated either acceptable or unacceptable for circulation.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-667-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C10429
Date: 19
Minted around 19 BC
Material: Silver; slight to moderate wear; dot and crescent punch-marks on neck. Inscription: Obv. CAESAR AVGVSTVS; bare head of Augustus to right / Rev. Oak-wreath with its ties erect in centre; OB CIVIS above; SERVATOS below
Dimensions: 18.00 mm D / Die Axis: 6.5
What: Coin Type: RIC I (revised ed) 75a
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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