Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Publius Fonteius Publii filius Capito

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Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Publius Fonteius Publii filius Capito

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Publius Fonteius Capito, son of Publius, in 55 BC. It is a type called a denarius, the most common Roman silver coin. This picture shows the reverse of the coin.

The Villa Publica is identified by the legend 'VIL.PVB' on the right. The legend 'T.DIDI' on the left refers to Titus Didius, and 'IMP' at the bottom to his position as Imperator (military leader). Presumably this moneyer was connected to him in some way.

The Villa Publica was situated in the Campus Martius, an open plain on the outskirts of Rome, set aside for exercise and entertainment. Restored by Titus Didius, it was an office for the taking of the census and used for enlistments.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-041-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1915.138
Date: 55 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Head of Concordia r., wearing veil and diadem; around, P.FONTEIVS.CAPITO.III.VIR. CONCORDIA / Rev. Villa Publica, gates attached to columns; on l., T.DIDI downwards; below, IMP; on r., VIL.PVB upwards
Dimensions: 18.00 mm D / Die Axis: 1.5
What: Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Concordia
Where: Italy, Rome
Description: Silver denarius of the Roman Republic, Rome, 55 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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