Denarius, Issued by Ancient Roman Republic, 113 or 112 BC
Moneyer: P. NERVA (P. Licinius Nerva)
Minted in Rome

Obverse Description

Helmeted bust of Roma facing left, shield on left shoulder and holding a spear over her right; above, a crescent; at left the denomination mark X with bar; at right, ROMA

Reverse Description

A voting scene; at the left, a voter approaching a bridge and bending to accept a ballot from an attendant who is standing behind the bridge; at right the voter places the ballot in a cista; above P. NERVA

Edge Description



In this voting scene, the bridge is to isolate voters to ensure freedom in their voting. The historical significance of the choice of this scene together with the unusual military form of Roma with the crescent above her head (seeming to link her to the goddess Diana) is unknown

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