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Denarius (Coin) Depicting the Dioscuri

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

49 BCE

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin depicts the mythical twins known as the Dioscuri in profile. One has short hair held in place by a rope or laurel wreath while the other wears two stars in his hair.

On the back (reverse), an unidentified robed figure stands facing left, head bowed while holding a scale in one hand and a sceptre in the other. The smaller figure shown behind is likely that of Cupid.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Denarius (Coin) Depicting the Dioscuri

Origin

Roman Empire

Date

49 BCE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Obverse: RVFVS III VIR Reverse: NV CORDIV

Dimensions

Diam. 1.8 cm; 3.96 g

Credit Line

Gift of William F. Dunham

Reference Number

1920.770

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