About this artwork
The front (obverse) of this coin depicts the mask of the god Pan. On the back (reverse), a pair of clasped hands are shown.
During the first century BCE, powerful Roman families issued their own coinage, which often bore a personal icon. In this case the moneyer, a member of the Pansa family, used a mask of Pan in reference to the family’s name.
- Currently Off View
- Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium
- Ancient Roman
- Denarius (Coin) Depicting the Mask of Pan
- 48 BCE
- Obverse: C PANSA Reverse: ALBINUS BRUT I F
- Diam. 2 cm; 3.76 g
- Gift of Mrs. William Nelson Pelouze