Orichalcum Sestertius, Roman; 16 BC; Rome; AR1-7

From

Randolph College Department of Biology Natural History Collections

Name/Title

Orichalcum Sestertius, Roman

About this object

A Roman brass (orichalcum) sestertius, minted by C. Gallius Lupercus, c. 16 BC, during the reign of Augustus (r. 27 BC-14 AD). It features an oak crown (corona civica), flanked by two laurel branches, on the obverse, with the inscription OB.CIVIS.SERVATOS, which translates as "For the saving of citizens." The reverse shows a large S.C. in the middle, which means that the coin was most likely minted in Rome, with the inscription C.GALLIVS.C.F.LVPERCVS.III.VIR.A.A.A.F.F., which translates as "[Minted by] Caius Gallius Lupercus, son of Caius, Trevir (Moneyer) for striking (and) casting bronze, silver (and) gold (coins). References: Matt., RIC (1984) I.70-377.

Date Made

16 BC

Period

Augustus

Place Made

Rome

Place Notes

Temple of Juno Moneta, Capitoline Hill.

Subject and Association Keywords

Augustus

Medium and Materials

Metal (brass)

Style and Iconography

Corona civica (obverse)

Technique

Struck

Measurements

34 mm. (diam.)

Object Type

Coin

Object number

AR1-7

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

eHive copyright disclaimer

It is the responsibility of the eHive Account Holder to gain copyright clearance for any images or content published on eHive. If you are concerned about the copyright status for any content in eHive or would like more information on using or ordering copies of content, please contact the Account Holder of that content. If you would like more information on our copyright policy, click here.