Coin - Denarius, M. Aurelius Cotta, Ancient Roman Republic, 139 BC Numismatics Reg. No: NU 15530

Denarius, Issued by Ancient Roman Republic, 139 BC
Moneyer: M. Aurelius Cotta
Minted by Rome
Statement Of Significance:
In 139 BC the Lex Gabinia put an end to voting by a show of hands. The secret ballot ended control by noble candidates of their 'supporters' and saw a dramatic change in selection of coin types as those in charge of the coin designs sought to promote themselves. Crawford suggests "the coin type should be regarded as an artistic variation of a normal Hercules in a biga type, perhaps chosen to highlight Hercules as a conqueror". (p.263)
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 20 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 3.877 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Ancient Roman Republic
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: 139 BC
Denomination: Denarius
Obverse Description: Helmeted head of the Roman goddess Roma facing right; behind, X; in field at right, COTA
Reverse Description: Herules in a biga drawn by two centaurs each holding a branch above their head; Hercules holds a club in his right hand; below, M. AVRELI; below in box, ROMA
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: off-round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Ancient Roman Republic, 139 BC
Mint: Rome (Mint), Italy, 139 BC
References: Crawford 229/1b
  1. [Book], Professor Michael Crawford, Roman Republican Coinage, Cambridge University Press, 1974, 263 Pages

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