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.