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Denarius (Coin) Depicting the Dioscuri

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

49 BCE

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin depicts the mythical twins known as the Dioscuri in profile. One has short hair held in place by a rope or laurel wreath while the other wears two stars in his hair.

On the back (reverse), an unidentified robed figure stands facing left, head bowed while holding a scale in one hand and a sceptre in the other. The smaller figure shown behind is likely that of Cupid.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Denarius (Coin) Depicting the Dioscuri

Place

Roman Empire (Artist's nationality)

Date

49 BCE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Obverse: RVFVS III VIR Reverse: NV CORDIV

Dimensions

Diam.: 1.8 cm (3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of William F. Dunham

Reference Number

1920.770

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