Didrachm from Rome Artist: Unknown
Mint: Rome

300–280 B.C.


On view, 1st floor, Numismatics

This is Rome’s earliest silver coin, struck in about 300 B.C. Its form is barely distinguishable from that of coins from contemporary Greek cities in the southern Italian peninsula; in fact the grain stalk on the reverse has, in the past, led to association with the mint of Metapontum, which had used a similar type from the inception of its coinage. The weight standard is the same as that current among the Greek cities, and the form of the flan, with its protrusions at the edge opposite one another, represents the striking of a globule of silver cast in a mold, of which the protrusion represents the joint at the seams. This, too, is characteristic of contemporary Greek issues. But the coin is distinguished by the legend, ROMANO, at the truncation of the neck, so there can be no doubt about the authority behind its issue.




7.41 g, 7:00, 18.5 mm

Credit Line

Ruth Elizabeth White Fund

Accession Number



3rd century B.C.


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Obverse Description

Obverse Description: Head of Mars l. in crested Corinthian helmet; behind, oak spray

Reverse Description

Reverse Description: Horse's head r.; behind, grain stalk; on base, ROMANO.


Naville, Geneva, April 4, 1921, cat. 1 (Pozzi), lot 60. Numismatica Ars Classica, Zurich, April 4, 2011, cat. 59, lot 677; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • Michael H. Crawford, Roman Republican Coinage (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1974), no. C.13\1
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Object/Work type

coins, didrachms, money

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