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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.


189-180 BCE



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The front (obverse) of this coin depicts the goddess Roma, facing right and wearing a winged helmet.
On the back (reverse), the mythical twins Castor and Pollux, better known as the Dioscuri, are depicted on horseback galloping right.

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.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Roman


Denarius (Coin) Depicting the Goddess Roma


Roman Empire (Artist's nationality:)

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189 BCE–180 BCE




Diam.: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)

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Gift of William F. Dunham

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