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150 BC Roman Republic AR Denarius Decimius Flavus Roma Luna Biga S-86 RRC-207/1


150 BC Roman Republic AR Denarius Decimius Flavus Roma Luna Biga S-86 RRC-207/1

  • 150 BC Roman Republic AR Denarius coin
  • Issued by the moneyer Decimius Flavus C.n.
    • A moneyer is someone who physically creates money; moneyers have a long tradition, dating back at least to ancient Greece; they became most prominent in the Roman Republic, continuing into the empire
  • Obverse features a helmeted bust of Roma, facing right, with "X" behind head
    • In ancient Roman religion, Roma was a female deity who personified the city of Rome and more broadly, the Roman state
  • Reverse depicts Luna in a biga holding whip, charging right, with "FLAVS" below
    • Luna is the divine embodiment of the Moon; she is often presented as the female complement of the Sun (Sol) conceived of as a god
    • Luna is also sometimes represented as an aspect of the Roman triple goddess (diva triformis), along with Proserpina and Hecate
  • Struck from silver
  • Diameter: 17 mm (at widest point)
  • Weight: 3.5 grams
  • Catalog number: Sear#86, RRC#207/1, CRR#391, RSC#Decima-1
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Reference Item # ANC-1273

JBC 12/12/14