ROMAN REPUBLIC sextans (circa 225-217 BC)


ROMAN REPUBLIC, sextans, no date (circa 225-217 BC), Obverse: head Mercury L, 2 dots below, Reverse: prow R, 2 dots below, cast bronze, 32mm, 38.34g, SR589, Cr35/5, T&V55, dirty F

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This coin was part of the last issue of cast “aes grave” Roman coins.

The Roman Republic was founded in response to tyrannical kings. It functioned for several centuries in a kind of balance of rich and poor people (slaves didn’t count). The general idea was that laws would constrain personal power. During the days of Julius Caesar, et al, powerful people became too powerful, and a new system of slightly constrained autocracy, the Empire, developed. The main catalog we use on this web site for Roman coins is Roman Coins and their Values, by David Sear.

Ancient Coins includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.