OPIMIA 12 SILVER DENARIUS___Roman Republic___ONE DAYS PAY FOR A ROMAN SOLDIER
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FRASCATIUS ANCIENTSA BEAUTIFUL ROMAN REPUBLIC SILVER DENARIUS OF L OPEIMIUS FROM 131 BC.
THE SIZE IS 19.0 MM AND 3.82 GRAMS.
Syd 473 Sear 129 Craw 253/1
OBVERSE – Helmeted head of Roma right, * (XVI monogram) below chin, wreath behind
REVERSE – Victory in quadriga right, holding wreath, L OPEIMI below, 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 moneyer’s name, and some evidence of his lineage via other design elements of the coin.
HISTORY OF THE ROMAN REPUBLIC
After the deposal of the last Etruscan king, in 509-10 BC, Rome abolished her regal system and instituted a new political order, the Republic. The king was replaced by two consuls... read more