About this artwork
The front (obverse) of this coin depicts the head of Roma facing right wearing a helmet decorated by plume and two stars: behind is a symbol (X-type cross with horizontal line through center). On the back (reverse) is a galley with helmet on prow, acrostolium on poop deck; the whole within an oak wreath.
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
- 109 BCE–108 BCE
- Reverse: Q LVTATI Q
- Diam. 1.9 cm; 3.81 g
- Gift of William F. Dunham