From Art to Artifact:  Making Sense of Roman Coins


Silver Didrachm

This coin was minted between 225 and 212 BCE. Though the mint is uncertain, production at Rome is the most likely possibility.

Obverse: Twin-faced head of the Dioscuri, Roman gods associated with the cavalry. The head is crowned by a laurel wreath, which were awarded to triumphant military commanders.

Reverse: Jupiter charges in a quadriga, or four horse chariot, brandishing a thunderbolt in his right hand and a scepter in his left. The chariot is driven by winged Victory. In the exergue, ROMA in relief on a raised tablet.

Because of the quadriga on the reverse, this coin is commonly referred to as the quadrigatus.

Hood No. 993.15.29091
Crawford 29/3