About this artwork
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 BC. 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 BC, 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 BC.
- Ancient Roman
- Denarius (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Roma
- 136 BC
- Diam. 1.8 cm; 3.84 g
- Gift of Mrs. William Nelson Pelouze