ROMAN REPUBLIC. Anonymous. Uncertain mint. c. 225-214 BC. AR Quadrigatus

Ancient Coins - ROMAN REPUBLIC. Anonymous. Uncertain mint. c. 225-214 BC. AR Quadrigatus
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ROMAN REPUBLIC. Anonymous. Uncertain mint. c. 225-214 BC. AR Quadrigatus, 6.77g (21.5mm, 12h). Laureate head of Janus; curved truncation / Jupiter, hurling thunderbolt and holding scepter, in galloping quadriga right driven by Victory; incuse ROMA in raised tablet below.

Pedigree: From the Matthew Curtis Collection.

References: Crawford 28/3; Sydenham 64a; RSC 23; RBW 65-6.

Grade: Beautifully toned. Small die break at top of reverse. EF

Price: $1,750

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The quadrigatus was the very first silver coin type struck by the Romans. Previous to this the Romans used exclusively bronze coins as their currency. The large cast coins were not as easy for trade. The predecessor to the denarius, the quadrigatus was substantially larger than the denarius and stylistically more similar to the beautiful Greek coins that were being struck. It is suggested that the quadrigatus was used very seldom locally; it was used more outside of Rome for trade.


The Janus head on the obverse is a pure Roman symbol and does not exist in Greek culture. The god Janus was meant to symbolize the beginning and end of a conflict, or war and peace. The quadriga found on the reverse of the coin was carried over when the denarius was finally introduced around 211 BC.


Price SKU: rr1175
US$ 1,750.00
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