Denarius (Coin) Portraying Julius Caesar

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

42 BC, issued by L. Mussidius Longus

Artist:

Roman; minted in Rome

About this artwork

The purpose of the first portrait coins was to identify the ruler. The front side became a mirror of the sovereign’s self-image. The back was often used to communicate the ruler’s accomplishments or intentions. The profile portrait was used because it suited the very shallow depth and limited surface of the coin. The tiny images were carved by engravers into bronze dies, one for the front and another for the back. The coins were then struck, one by one, in a process similar to how modern coins are created today.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 153

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Denarius (Coin) Portraying Julius Caesar

Origin

Rome

Date

42 BC

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Reverse: L MVSSIDIVS LONGVS

Dimensions

Diam. 2 cm; 3.83 g

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

Reference Number

1922.4850

Extended information about this artwork

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