Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Numerius Fabius Pictor

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Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Numerius Fabius Pictor

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Numerius Fabius Pictor in 126 BC. It is a type called a denarius, the most common Roman silver coin. This picture shows the reverse of the coin.

The reverse shows Quintus Fabius Pictor seated, holding an apex (a cap with a pointed top worn by a priest) and spear. The shield is inscribed 'QVI / RINN'. Other inscriptions refer to the moneyer, Numerius Fabius Pictor, and the mint ('ROMA').

Early Roman coins generally had religious representations on the reverse, but later more secular types appear. In some cases, as here, they commemorate famous ancestors of the moneyer.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-370-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15079
Date: 126
126 BC
Material: Silver; obverse slightly off-centre; fairly worn. Inscription: Obv. Helmeted head of Roma to right; star behind; F below chin / Rev. Q . Fabius Pictor seated left, holding apex and spear; N behind head; beside him, shield inscribed QVI / RIN; on right, N
Dimensions: 17.00 mm D / Die Axis: 11.0
What: Coin Type: Crawford 268/1b
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: N. Fabius Pictor (Maker)
Q. Fabius Pictor
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius of Rome, minted by N. Fabius Pictor, 126 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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