Coin (reverse), Denarius, probably of Pinarius Natta

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minted in Rome

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Coin (reverse), Denarius, probably of Pinarius Natta

This silver coin was minted in Rome, probably by Pinarius Natta, in 155 BC. It is a type called a denarius, the most common Roman silver coin. This picture shows the reverse of the coin.

The reverse depicts Victory holding a whip in her right hand and the reins in her left, while driving a vehicle called a biga. Below is the inscription 'NAT', signifying the moneyer's name, and 'ROMA', denoting the mint at Rome.

Most coins of the Roman Republic were issued by officials called moneyers. They may have been elected, perhaps annually. In some cases, as here, the coins provide the only evidence surviving about these people.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-105-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1978.302
Date: 155 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Helmeted head of Roma r.; behind, mark of value / Rev. Victory in biga r., holding whip in r. hand and reins in l. hand; below, NAT; in exergue, ROMA
Dimensions: 19.00 mm D / Die Axis: 1.5
What: Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Roma
Where: Italy, Rome
Spain, Aznalcollar
Description: Silver denarius of the Roman Republic, Rome, 155 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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