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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.


128 BCE


Roman, minted in Rome

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin depicts the head of the goddess Roma, facing to the right. On the back (reverse), the goddess Victory rides in a two-horse chariot called a biga.

Portraits of important people appear on local currency all around the world. The same was true in ancient Rome, which began producing its first coinage in the late 4th century BCE. Early coins depicted the heads of gods and goddesses on the front side, often in profile, while the back depicted animals, natural resources, symbols, and references to historical events. 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 (Minted in)


128 BCE




Reverse: CN DOM ROMA


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

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Gift of Mrs. William Nelson Pelouze

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