Tom AKA frascatius
FRASCATIUS ANCIENTSA BEAUTIFUL ROMAN REPUBLIC SILVER DENARIUS OF M CIPIUS FROM 115 - 114 BC.
THE SIZE IS 18.1 MM AND 3.76 GRAMS.
Syd 546 Sear 166 Craw 289/1
OBVERSE - Helmeted head of Roma right, M.CIPI.M.F before
REVERSE - Victory in biga right, holding palm branch, rudder below horses, ROMA in exergue
THE ROMAN REPUBLIC DENARIUS
The denarius is said to have been one day's pay for a Roman soldier. The coins were hand struck from hand cut dies.
The first Roman Republic denarius was struck in 211 BC. It was made from silver the Romans captured when they sacked Syracuse a year before. At first, the denarius weighed a little more than 4 grams, though its weight declined over time
Designs and legends were controlled by a triumvirate of mint officers called "moneyers". The post of moneyer was a political appointment in Rome. Moneyers were permitted to use coin designs and inscriptions for self promotion. The typical Roman denarius will have the... read more