About this artwork
The front (obverse) of this coin depicts the head of Roma facing right witha winged helmet. The back (reverse) depicts the god Jupiter standing in a quadriga (four-horse chariot) galloping to the right, holding a sceptre and launching a thunderbolt.
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.
- Currently Off View
- Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium
- Ancient Roman
- Denarius (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Roma
- Roman Empire
- 136 BCE
- Diam. 2 cm; 3.79 g
- Gift of William F. Dunham