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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2003.264
People
Augustus, Roman (r. 27 BCE - 14 CE)
Title
Denarius of Augustus, Rome
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
16 BCE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Rome (Latium)
Period
Roman Imperial period
Culture
Roman Imperial
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Silver
Metal
AR
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
3.77 g
Die Axis
4
Denomination
denarius
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Obverse Inscription: L MESCINIVS RVFVS IIIVIR; IMP | CAES | AVGV | COMM | CONS; S C
  • Reverse Inscription: I O M | SPQR V S | PR S IMP CAE | QVOD PER EV | R P IN AMP | AT Q TRAN | SE (AN of TRAN ligate)
Provenance
Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. Purchased from Edward Gans 1948
M7M 52, 1975, #632
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
RIC I 2, 358, p. 68; BMC 91-93
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Marian H. Phinney Fund
Accession Year
2003
Object Number
2003.264
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Obv.: Cippus inscribed [I]MP | CAES | AVGV | COMM | CONS; to l. and r., S - C; around, L MESC[INIVS RVF]VS IIIVIR.
Rev.: Oak wreath tied at top, within which inscription I O M | SPQR V S | PR S IMP CAE | QVOD PER EV | R P IN AMP | AT Q TRAN | S E (AN in penultimate line ligate): "To Jupiter Optimus Maximus the Senate and the Roman people have undertaken vows on behalf of the health of the emperor Caesar (sc. Augustus) because through him the republic is in a greater and more tranquil state."

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