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Image of Republican Quinarius of Rome Issued by P. Vettius Sabinus

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Republican Quinarius of Rome Issued by P. Vettius Sabinus

99 BCE

1/2 in. (diameter) x 1/16 in. (1.2 cm x 0.1 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: C.851
Geography: Europe, Italy, Rome
Classification: Exchange Media; Coins
Culture/Nationality: Roman
Collection: Lily Ross Taylor Collection

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  • Gods and Goddesses - Added June 2010 by M. Weldon
  • quinarii - Roman silver coins of several valuations, originating at one-half denarius, produced beginning in the late 3rd century BCE; later also of gold or bronze and issued until the 3rd century CE.
  • 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.
  • trophies - Objects taken as spoils in war or in hunting, or awarded as prizes for victory in contests; typically include such things as armor and weapons taken from an opponent in battle, stuffed and mounted skins, heads or other portions of a slain animal, and elaborate silver pieces awarded as contest prizes. Distinct from "trophies (monuments)", which are monuments erected as permanent reminders of military victories, usually containing images of the spoils of battle,.
  • Zeus

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