Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Marcus Furius Lucii filius Philus

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Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Marcus Furius Lucii filius Philus

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Marcus Furius Philus, son of Lucius, in 119 BC. It is a type called a denarius, the most common Roman silver coin. This picture shows the reverse of the coin.

The goddess Roma, wearing a helmet and holding a sceptre, is crowning a trophy with a helmet on top and a carnyx (war trumpet) and shield on each side. Behind is the inscription 'ROMA', and below 'PHILI', referring to the moneyer.

This coin probably refers to the victories of the Romans over the Gauls in 120 BC. The weapons associated with the the trophy - the boar's head helmet and the shields - as well as the carnyx are all Gaulish in form.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-108-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1978.321
Date: 119 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Laureate head of Janus; around, M.FOVRI. L.F / Rev. Roma (wearing Corinthian helmet) standing l., sceptre in l. hand; behind, ROMA upwards; in exergue, PHILI
Dimensions: 19.00 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Janus
Where: Italy, Rome
Spain, Aznalcollar
Description: Silver denarius of the Roman Republic , Rome, 119 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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