Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Quintus Lutatius Cerco

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Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Quintus Lutatius Cerco

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Quintus Lutatius Cerco in either 109 or 108 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 a ship with oars. Above is the inscription ' Q.LVTATI' indicating the moneyer's name. The letter Q below that indicates that he was a quaestor, a financial official. The coin is bordered by an oak wreath.

Later coins of the Republic often had reverse designs alluding to the importance of the moneyer's family. This design may refer to the victory of an ancestor, C. Lutatius Catulus, over the Carthaginian fleet in 241 BC.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-109-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1978.330
Date: 109 or 108 BC
Material: Silver. Inscription: Obv. Helmeted head of Roma r. (helmet has plume on each side);above, ROMA; before, CERCO upwards; behind, mark of value / Rev. Ship r., above, Q.LVTATI with another Q below the T; around, oak-wreath
Dimensions: 19.00 mm D / Die Axis: 10.5
What: Coin, denarius
Subject: Ancient Coin Collection
Who: Roma
Where: Italy, Rome
Spain, Aznalcollar
Description: Silver denarius of the Roman Republic, Rome, 109 or 108 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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