Silver didrachms and drachms were struck as early as 280 BC. The Second Punic War caused such a strain on the Roman economy that the monetary system collapsed in 215 BC. This led to the introduction of the denarius. The denarius became the main silver coin of the later republic and of the early imperial period. This denarius served the Romans well for some five hundred years. However, by the middle of the third century AD, the denarius was debased severely. During the reign of Caracalla (in AD 214) the new double denarius or antoninianus was added to combat crumbling economic conditions.
*Note* Coin received may slightly vary from that pictured however, year, grade and coin type will all match.
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