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Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Marcus PorciusCato

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minted in Africa

Coin (reverse), Denarius, of Marcus PorciusCato
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This silver coin was minted in Africa by Marcus Porcius Cato in 47 or 46 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 Victory holding a pan (patera) and palm-branch, an identification made explicit by the legend 'VICTRIX' (she who conquers) below. The designs of this side and the reverse copy that of an issue minted by a relation in 89 BC.

In the troubled years of the Civil War, commanders on each side minted their own coins, mainly to pay their troops. Despite the anticipated outcome forecast on this side, Cato and his allies were decisively defeated in 46 BC by Caesar's forces.

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