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


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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



Place Made


Place Notes

Temple of Juno Moneta, Capitoline Hill.

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Medium and Materials

Metal (brass)

Style and Iconography

Corona civica (obverse)




34 mm. (diam.)

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