Roman Republic Silver Denarius - L. Memmius c. 109-108 BC Coin Pendant
Roman Republic Silver Denarius - L. Memmius c. 109-108 BC Coin Pendant

Roman Republic Silver Denarius - L. Memmius c. 109-108 BC Coin Pendant

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Roman Republic silver Denarius minted circa 109-108 BC by "moneyer" L. Memmius.

Obverse: Male head wearing oak-wreath, star below chin.

Reverse: The Dioscuri standing, holding their horses; legend L MEMNI below.

Custom set into a 14k white gold bezel pendant with 14k yellow gold prongs and bail, measuring approximately 1 and 1/4 inches from the top of the bail to the bottom of the bezel, 7/8 of an inch across.

Before Julius Caesar, circa 44 BC, and the Roman Empire, the Republic of Rome designated three military men each year to mint coins.  Many times members of the same family would be appointed for generations.  The "Moneyer", officer in charge of the mint, would choose his own design, often glorifying an ancestor's deeds.