Republican Denarius of Rome Issued by P. Nerva113 BCE-112 BCE
11/16 in. (diameter) x 1/16 in. (1.7 cm x 0.1 cm)
Gift of Aline Abaecherli Boyce, MA 1928, PhD 1932, in honor of Lily Ross Taylor, PhD 1912, Professor of Latin and Dean of the Graduate School
Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: C.527
Geography: Europe, Italy, Rome
Classification: Exchange Media; Coins
Collection: Aline Abaecherli Boyce Collection
Keywords Click a term to view the records with the same keywordThis object has the following keywords:
comitia*, crescents*, denarii*, female*, Gods and Goddesses*, helmets*, Republican*, silver*, tesserae*
- comitia - Ancient Roman places of political assembly for a variety of legal and administrative functions.
- crescents - Motifs consisting of a curved segment of a circle, often suggesting a crescent moon.
- denarii - Roman silver coins originally valued at ten asses, later debased in value and purity; in use from the late 3rd century BCE until the mid-3rd century CE.
- female - Referring to the sex that normally produces eggs or female germ cells.
- Gods and Goddesses - Added June 2010 by M. Weldon
- helmets - Any of various forms of protective coverings for the head, usually made of a hard material, including the outside steel layer of helmets that consist of inner and outer parts.
- Republican - Refers to the period in history and style of art that developed when Rome was ruled by the Republic, from its founding in 509 BCE through the Battle of Actium in 31 BCE or the formal establishment of the Empire in 27 BCE. Art produced during this period reflects the political power, glories, and distinguished ancestors of the ruling families, resulting in many portraits and historical reliefs. The style is characterized by the influence of Classical Greek art and an emphasis on extreme realism.
- silver - Pure metallic element having symbol Ag and atomic number 47; a malleable, ductile, white metal with characteristic sheen, considered a precious metal. Silver is widely distributed throughout the world, occurring rarely as metallic silver (in Peru, Norway) but more often as silver-gold alloys and silver ore. Today silver is obtained as a byproduct in the refinement of gold, lead, copper, or zinc ores. Silver was smelted from the ore galena as early as 3800 BCE. As a pure metal, silver is second to gold in malleability and ductility, can be polished to a highly reflective surface, and used -- typically in an alloy -- in jewelry, coinage, photography, mirrors, electrical contacts, and tableware.
- tesserae - Small squares of various hard materials used by the ancient Romans possibly for such purposes as reckoning and gaming.
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