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Roman Republican Silver Denarius, C. Augurinus - C.5368
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 135 BC
Weight: 4.0Grams
Collection: Numismatics
Medium: Silver

Location: United States
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Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma right, X beneath chin, ROMA behind

Reverse: C. AVG above Ionic column, surmounted by statue, flanked by two togate figures

The bust of the goddess Roma, with its winged helmet, is a popular obverse type during the Republican period. The helmet itself is reminiscent of Hellenistic and Roman helmets of the time period, categorized by scholars as the Italo-Attic type. Officers and deities are often depicted as wearing this helmet long after such a design had gone into general disuse by the military. As such, it continued to be employed as a symbol connected with deities and heroic figures of the past. The reverse bears a representation of the monument erected to L. Minucius Augurinus at Rome to commemorate his success in reducing the price of corn.

Crawford 242/1. RSC Minucia 3. - (C.5368)


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