AD 138-238 AR Denarius Roman Empire - The Seven Hills Hoard
This hoard of 4,000 plus silver denarii was buried at a time of great turmoil in the Roman world - almost certainly as a measure to prevent its discovery. The earliest coins date to Nero (A.D. 54-68). The latest coins in the hoard are of Gordian III (238-244), the last emperor to strike silver denarii. The denarius was the standard silver coin of the Roman world from about 211 B.C. up through the early 240s A.D. - a period of more than 450 years. Classical historians often say the denarius was a day’s wages for unskilled workers or common soldiers. From the late 40s B.C. onward it was the stand for each denarius to bear the portrait of their issuer. Thus, each of these denarii has the portrait of a member of the ruling family. Quite often it is the reigning emperor, his wife, a child, or an heir-apparent. The reverses bear a variety of designs, though usually showing a god, goddess. Each of these coins was hand-struck, which resulted in a great variety of shapes of the planchet. The style of engraving varies on these coins because each die was hand-cut by artisans of differing skill levels. This group is what often is called a “merchant’s hoard” because it is comprised of a variety of coin types that would have been encountered in commerce, rather than being a hoard limited to a new issue which might have been intended for a military or governmental payment.
This coin is made from Silver (ranging from high purity to 25% pure), denoted by the AR next to its denomination.
This coin is in Ch VF (Choice Very Fine) condition.
Coin will come with either Caracalla or Septimus Severus as the ruler. If you are interested in a specific ruler, please make a note when checking out and we will do out best to accommodate you.
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