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minted somewhere in Italy

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Coin (obverse), Denarius, of Augustus

This silver coin was minted somewhere in Italy by Octavian (later known as the emperor Augustus) around 29 to 27 BC. It is a type called a denarius, the most common Roman silver coin. This picture shows the obverse of the coin.

The obverse has the bare head of Octavian facing to the right. Below is a staff of an Augur, a priestly post with responsibilities for observing portents. The coin has been struck off centre, so only part of the legend '[CAESAR] COS. VIl' is preserved. This records that the coin was struck in the 7th consulship held by Octavian.

The years between 29 and 27 BC are generally seen as the transition between the Roman Republic and the Empire. In 27 BC Octavian took the title Imperator Caesar, son of the god Caesar, Augustus.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-677-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1932.464
Date: c. 29 - 27 BC
Minted around 29 to 27 BC
Material: Silver; both sides off-centre; slight wear. Inscription: Obv.: [CAESAR] COS . VI; bare head right; lituus below truncation. Rev.: AEGYPTO CAPTA, across field; crocodile standing right
Dimensions: Diameter 18.00 x 17.00 mm; weight 3.73 g; die axis 1.5
What: Coin Type: RIC I (revised edition) 275a
Coin, denarius
Subject: Coins and currency
Who: Augustus (Emperor)
Where: Italy
Roman Empire
Description: Silver denarius of Augustus, Roman Empire, minted in Italy, c. 29-27 BC
  • I.A. Carradice, 'A Catalogue of Roman Coins in the Collections of the RSM, Edinburgh', No. 3 
  • Sutherland, C.H.V. The Roman Imperial Coinage. From 31 BC to AD 69. Vol. 1, revised ed. London: Spink and Son Ltd, 1984. 
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