Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Marcus Lepidus

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minted in Italy

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Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Marcus Lepidus

This silver coin was struck at a mint in Italy by Marcus Lepidus in 42 BC. It is a type called a denarius, the most common Roman silver coin. This picture shows the reverse of the coin.

Around the portrait of Octavian is the legend 'CAESAR.IMP.III.VIR.R.P.C.' (the MP joined). Octavian, with Lepidus (whose portrait appears on the obverse) and Antony, was a member of a triumvirate, ruling the Republic after Caesar's death.

Most Roman Republican coins were issued by officials called moneyers. However, in troubled times, and increasingly towards the end of the Republic, the politicians themselves began to mint issues, in part to pay for their troops.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-460-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C15376
Date: 42
42 BC
Material: Silver; both sides slightly off-centre; fairly worn. Inscription: Obv. Head of M. Lepidus to right; around, LEPIDVS . PONT . MAX . III . V . R . P . C . (NT and MA ligated) / Rev. Head of Octavian to right; around, CAESAR . IMP . III . VIR . R . P . C. (M
Dimensions: 18.00 x 19.00 mm D / Die Axis: 7.0
What: Coin Type: Crawford 495/2a
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: M. Lepidus (Maker)
Where: Italy
Roman Republic
Description: Silver denarius of Rome, minted in Italy by M. Lepidus, 42 BC
  • Crawford, M.H. Roman Republican Coinage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976. 
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