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[cng] As romain avec Janus et proue (1)

Roman as with janus and prow (1)
7 October 2012 | by Francis Leveque | ref. : en.504.2012
Second quarter of IIIe century BC | [en] coins
Rome, Latium ( Italie )
 

Bronze coin - 61 mm - 271.5 g.

Name of workshop: Rome

Date : 240-225 BC.

Recto :

Letters : I
Traduction : “1”
Description : Bearded head of Janus, I horizontally below; on a raised disk

Verso :

Letters : I
Traduction : “1”
Description : Prow of galley right; I above; all on a raised disk.

Commentaire :
Circa 280 BC bronze discs appear named «aes grave» (Latin grave = heavy) weighing a Roman pound (324 g) and equal to 1 ace. The two faces of Janus are engraved on the obverse.

 
        


Bibliography :


E.J. Haeberlin, Aes Grave; Das Schwergeld Rom und Mittelitaliens (Haeberlin), Frankfurt , 1910, pl. 12-13
M.H. Crawford, Roman Republican Coinage (RRC), Cambridge , 1970, n° 35/1
B. Thurlow & I. Vecchi, Italian Cast Coinage (Thurlow-Vecchi), Dorchester , 1979, n° 51
 
 
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