Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Augustus

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minted at Emerita, Spain

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Augustus

This silver coin was minted at Emerita (modern day Mérida) in Spain by the emperor Augustus around 25 to 23 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 legend 'IMP CAESAR AVGVST' records his title Imperator (military leader), family name (and later title) Caesar, and his new title Augustus, granted by the Senate in 27 BC, by which he became known.

The Iberian peninsula had long tempted the Romans. During the reign of Augustus it was at last fully brought under Roman control. Augustus himself campaigned there in 26 to 25 BC, and his general Agrippa finally conquered it entirely in 19 BC.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-684-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1932.467
Date: c. 25 - 23 BC
Minted around 25 to 23 BC
Material: Silver; slight wear. Inscription: Obv.: IMP CAESAR AVGVST; bare head right. Rev.: P CARISIVS LEG PRO PR; circular city-wall, with EMERITA inscribed above gate.
Dimensions: Diameter 20.00 x 18.50 mm; weight 4.10 g; die axis 11.0
What: Coin Type: RIC I (revised edition) 9a
Coin, denarius
Subject: Coins and currency
Who: Augustus (Emperor)
Where: Roman Empire
Spain, Emerita
Description: Silver denarius of Augustus, Roman Empire, minted at Emerita, Spain, c. 25-23 BC
  • I.A. Carradice, 'A Catalogue of Roman Coins in the Collections of the RSM, Edinburgh', No. 4 
  • 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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