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What is a Denarius?


Denarius of ancient Rome issued by Julius Caesar, depicting an elephant trampling a serpent.

This denarius of ancient Rome was issued by Julius Caesar, and depicts an elephant trampling a serpent.

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Definition: A denarius (plural denarii) is an ancient Roman coin made of silver. It was originally equal to 10 asses, hence its name, although its value and silver content decreased through the centuries of Rome's existance. The denarius was struck from approximately 211 BC to 270 AD.
The denarius is believed by scholars to have been a Roman soldier's daily pay.

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