FOR SALE: Roman Republic Silver Denarius. The history of ancient Roman coins begins with the coinage of the early Roman Republic c. 508-27 B.C. which evolved into hand-struck Roman coins of various compositions, including the gold Aureus, silver Denarius, bronze Sestertius, bronze Dupondius, and copper As often depict mythological figures. The Roman denarius was first officially issued around 211 B.C. during an overhaul of the expanding empire’s currency. Set at a standard weight of 1/72 of a Roman pound or roughly 4.5g of silver. Silver denarii immediately formed the backbone of coinage throughout the Roman Republic and is certainly one of the most recognized and popular ancient coin series. We can’t be certain of a denarii’s original value, but historians estimate the original value to be three day’s pay for a soldier. Fascinatingly, the diversity of coinage is due to Roman moneyers. Made up of rich families, these moneyers were appointed by the emperor and had the responsibility for production of coinage into the proper weights, size and composition.
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