Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Lucius Iulius Caesar filius Lucius

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Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Lucius Iulius Caesar filius Lucius

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Lucius Iulius Caesar, son of Lucius, in 103 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 Venus, the goddess of love, holding a sceptor while driving a vehicle called a biga pulled by Cupids. Above is the mint control-mark, a pellet and the letter P. Below is a lyre, and the inscription '[L .] IVLI. L. F'.

Later silver coins of the Roman Republic begin to have control-marks - letters or symbols which were probably used to record the number of dies supplied to the officials.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-392-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15158
Date: 103
103 BC
Material: Silver; both sides off-centre; slight wear. Inscription: Obv. Helmeted head of Mars to left; behind, CAESAR, upwards / Rev. Venus in biga of Cupids to left, holding sceptre; pellet and P above; lyre below; in exergue, [L .] IVLI . L . F
Dimensions: 16.00 x 17.00 mm D / Die Axis: 2.0
What: Coin Type: Crawford 320/1
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: L. Iulius Caesar (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius of Rome, struck by L. Iulius Caesar, 103 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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