Ancient Rome Coins with S C Annotation  27BC to 376AD
Ancient Rome Coins with S C Annotation 27BC to 376AD

The inquirer has asked about a bronze coin from ancient Rome. Such requests test our ken here at CoinQuest. There are thousands of patterns and inscriptions that require specialized, trained experts to decipher. You can find such experts at several web sites. Our favorites are:

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These coins sell at retail from a few US dollars to several hundreds of US dollars. Condition and eye appeal are critical factors in pricing.

One interesting feature you will find on many Roman coins not made of gold or silver is the S C annotation. You can see it in our graphic under the seated figure.

Gold and silver coins generally carried enough precious metal to cover their face value. But bronze coins did not. So some type of guarantee was needed to give bronze coins value in commerce. The value of Roman bronze coins was supported by the decree of the Senate 'Senatus Consulto' or SC. Almost all bronze coins issued before the late third century AD bore the letters SC on the reverse. Other than size and placement of the letters, there was relatively little variation from the norm.

Thanks to Doug Smith for his explanation of the S C annotation.

Coin: 12202 , Genre: Ancient
Requested by: Rome, Sun, 19-Aug-2012 03:05:40 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Mon, 14-Jul-2014 22:02:47 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Wed, 13-Jul-2016 14:24:35 GMT
Requester description: Front of coin: Inscription is a different language and hard to read, but consists of 13 characters. The Device a female or a feminine male facing to the right. He/she is wearing a Toga and you can see the device from the collar bone up. Hair is combed back and drapes down the ear and curls up at the end. Looks like the person is wearing a slim crown, almost like a princess Tiara. Back of coin: Inscription is another language but looks similar to E O ? C O R O I ?. Device is a female figure sitting and holding a long Fan with her right hand. Left hand is difficult to describe.
Tags: ancient rome anciet romana roman romen roma front language consists consist characters character female woman feminine male man toga robe collar bone up hair combed comb drapes drape down ear curls curl end person people slim crown princess tiara i sitting sit fan hand logograms empress lsdy femal women lady womans girls females womens ladys girl ladies boy mann boys mans gown cloak robed robes togua bones hairdo hairline drapped draped ears curly peuple peoples peple persons crowned crwon crpwn crowns tiarra crowning tiera sits sc




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