Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Caius Memmius Caii filius

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Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Caius Memmius Caii filius

This silver coin was minted in Rome by Caius Memmius, son of Caius, in 56 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 and corn-ears, with a snake at her feet. The legend around her commemorates the first celebration of the Ludi Cereales in or before 211 BC by an ancestor of the moneyer who was an aedile.

Ludi were games and contests held in Rome on various occasions, mainly at the festivals of the gods but sometimes for a magistrate or dead person. They were supervised by aediles, who ensured that the proper rites were made.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-439-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15301
Date: 56
56 BC
Material: Silver; reverse slightly off-centre, and pitted at 10.0; slight to moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Laureate head of Quirinus to right; behind, QVIRINVS, downwards; in front, C . MEMMI . C . F, downwards / Rev. Ceres seated right, holding torch and corn-e
Dimensions: 20.00 x 17.50 mm D / Die Axis: 7.0
What: Coin Type: Crawford 427/2
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: C. Memmius C. f. (Maker)
Where: Italy, Rome
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius of Rome, minted by C. Memmius C. f., 56 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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