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Denarius (Coin) Depicting the God Mars

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.


103 BCE


Roman, minted in Rome

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin depicts the head of the god Mars facing to the left and wearing a helmet ornamented by horsehair and plumes. The back (reverse) depicts two warriors fighting; a Roman legionary and barbarian with headress with horns and shield; between them, a Roman warrior has fallen. The name of the moneyer is recorded in the reverse inscription: Q. Minucius Thermus M. f.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Roman


Denarius (Coin) Depicting the God Mars


Italy (Minted in)

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103 BCE




Reverse: Q THERM M F


Diam.: 2 cm (13/16 in.)

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Gift of William F. Dunham

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