Aes Grave: Roma Head
rev: Wheel of 6 spokes
Cast bronze As
dia ~-- mm, wt ~ 276.94 g
269 - 240 B.C.E.
Gorny & Mosch auction 257, 2018, lot# 632
Gorny & Mosch auction 215, 2013, lot# 3
one of the earlier Aes Grave types.
|later it became|
Aes Grave: Janus Head /Galley Prow
semi-libral Cast bronze As
dia ~63 mm, wt ~ 258 g
225 - 217 B.C.E.
Artemide Aste auction 37,
July 11-12, 2012, lot# 102
This is a large leaded bronze coin which was CAST by the Roman Republic just before the 2nd
Punic War. They are known as Aes Grave or Heavy Bronze. A Roman pound was originally 273 g and
this piece represents a reduction in weight from that. This is the Vecchi (Italian Cast Coinage,
1979, Bradbury K. Thurlow & Italo G. Vecchi, Hardcover) type 51, Janus Head / Prow of Galley with
horizontal bar (mark of denomination) obverse.
Janus Head ca 225 B.C.
(Numismatic Fine Arts, auction XX, lot# 5, 1989
|wt = 6.685 g These were struck to the Greek standard of a didrachm before the advent of the denarius.|
Tarpia buried by shields