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Roman Republic, Victoriatus

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Roman Republic, Victoriatus (obverse) Roman Republic, Victoriatus (reverse)

The Victoriatus is named after the image on its reverse, which always shows the goddess Victoria crowning a trophy. The obverse bears the head of the major Roman god Jupiter. The victoriatus served as a means of payment with foreign territories. Thus, in contrast to the denarius, it bore no indication of value: its price corresponded to the value of its silver. Victoriati probably circulated mainly in remote areas of the Roman lands; additionally, they were much liked in Illyria (today's Balkan Peninsula), where they were even imitated.

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