Coin (obverse), Denarius, minted by Quintus Rustius, for Augustus

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, minted by Quintus Rustius, for Augustus

This silver coin was minted in Rome by the moneyer Quintus Rustius for 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 two heads of Fortuna, the goddess of fortune. She appears wearing a round helmet as Fortuna Victrix in her guise of military victory, and, wearing a diadem, as Fortuna Felix in her guise as prosperous fortune. The worn legend 'Q RVSTIVS FORTVNAE / ANTIAT' identifies the moneyer and the goddess, as she was worshipped at Antium.

In the years of the Republic, magistrates called moneyers designed and issued coins. For part of his reign, Augustus allowed moneyers to record their names on some of his coins as in days of the Republic, but the designs reflected the emperor's and not the moneyer's interests.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-679-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C10446
Date: 19
Minted around 19 BC
Material: Silver; reverse slightly off-centre; some flattening in obverse legend; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Q RVSTIVS FORTVNAE / ANTIAT (in exergue); AE combined; jugate busts, draped, to right, of Fortuna Victrix, wearing round helmet, and Fortuna Felix, di
Dimensions: 18.00 x 18.50 mm D / Die Axis: 1.0
What: Coin Type: RIC I (revised ed) 322
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Augustus
Fortuna Felix
Fortuna Victrix
Q Rustius (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Empire
Description: Silver denarius of Augustus, Rome, minted by Q Rustius, 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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