Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Marcus Volteius Marci filius

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Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Marcus Volteius Marci filius

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Marcus Volteius, son of Marcus, in 78 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 Ceres, the corn goddess, holding a torch in each hand. She is in a vehicle called a biga pulled by two snakes. Behind her is a crab which is a mint control-mark. Below is the legend 'M.VOLTEI.M.F' referring to the moneyer.

Later silver coins of the Roman Republic often had control-marks - letters or symbols which were probably used to record the number of dies supplied to the officials. This moneyer used a variety of symbols.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-421-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15254
Date: 78
78 BC
Material: Silver; obverse slightly off-centre; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Head of Liber to right, wearing ivy-wreath / Rev. Ceres in biga of snakes to right, holding torch in each hand; crab behind Ceres; in exergue; M . VOLTEI . M . F
Dimensions: 18.00 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: Crawford 385/3
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Ceres
M. Volteius M. f. (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius of Rome, minted by M. Volteius M. f., 78 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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