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44/2 anonymous 60 As, Mars eagle, AM#0901-33, 14.5mm, 3g27 | by Ahala
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44/2 anonymous 60 As, Mars eagle, AM#0901-33, 14.5mm, 3g27

60 As. 214-210BC. 3.27grams. Rome mint. Anonymous. Crawford 044/02 Anonymous. Obverse: hd Mars r, LX. Reverse: eagle thunderbolt, ROMA. Rare.

Emergency issue of gold coins struck about 210BC during the 2nd Punic war, shortly after the introduction of the denarius. The value mark 60 LX is clear behind the head of Mars. This equates to 60 As or 6 Denariius, which is relatively speaking undervalued for gold implying a gold-silver ratio of only 8:1 as against a "normal" ratio in ancient times of 12 :1 or more. There is additional discussion of this coin on andrewmccabe.ancients.info/History.html

 

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Taken on May 31, 2012