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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. It has been struck off centre, and there is a flaw in the coin behind the head.

The Romans needed coins for one main purpose - to pay the salaries of her huge military force. They were also needed to pay the salaries of her officials and to fund public works and special payments to the poor.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-591-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C10443
Date: 29 - 27
Minted around 29 to 27 BC
Material: Silver; both sides off-centre; flan flaw behind head; fairly worn. Inscription: Obv. No legend; bare head of Octavian to right / Rev. Military trophy, its base crossed with rudder and anchor and set on prow to right; IMP to left; CAESAR to right
Dimensions: 20.50 x 21.50 mm D / Die Axis: 3.5
What: Coin Type: RIC I (revised ed) 265a
Coin, denarius
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Augustus
Where: Italy (uncertain mint)
Roman Empire
Description: Silver denarius of Augustus, Rome, minted in Italy at uncertain mint, c 29 - 27 BC
  • 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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