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Denarius (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Roma

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

115 or 114 BCE

Artist:

Roman, minted in Rome

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin depicts the head of the goddess Roma, facing right and wearing a helmet. On the back (reverse), Roma is depicted seated on shields.

Portraits of important people appear on local currency all around the world. The same was true in ancient Rome, which began producing its first coinage in the late 4th century BCE. Early coins depicted the heads of gods and goddesses on the front side, often in profile, while the back depicted animals, natural resources, symbols, and references to historical events. The denarius, introduced in 211 BCE, was the principal silver coin of Rome for five hundred years. The profile head of the goddess Roma—the personification of Rome—was the most popular image depicted on silver denarii in the second and first centuries BCE.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Denarius (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Roma

Date

115 BCE–114 BCE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Obverse: ROMA X

Dimensions

Diam. 2.2 cm; 3.75 g

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. William Nelson Pelouze

Reference Number

1923.1234

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