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Roman as with janus and prow (1)
ref. : en.504.2012 | 7 October 2012 | by Francis Leveque
coins | Second quarter of IIIe century BC
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, 2 vol : I. Introduction and Catalogue ; II Studies, Plates and Indexes, n° 35/1
  • B. Thurlow & I. Vecchi, Italian Cast Coinage (Thurlow-Vecchi), Dorchester , 1979, n° 51
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