21AD-22AD Dupondius – Tiberius


The 21AD-22AD Dupondius - Tiberius

Orichalcum Dupondius of Emperor Tiberius. Orichalcum is a golden-coloured bronze alloy that was often used in ancient Rome coinage. Struck around 21-22AD. Diameter 30mm and weighs 13.27g.

The Obverse shows a diademed (a type of crown) and draped bust. As the word IVSTITIA appears below it is probably the Roman goddess Justitia (Lady Justice, Latin: Iustitia) although many think it is Livia Drusilla, the mother of Tiberius.

The Reverse shows "SC" in the centre with large letters. SC means senatus consultum, or 'by decree of the Senate' so the coin was an official issue. Legend "TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVG PM TR POT XXIIII".

The TR POT XXIIII dates the coin. TR POT is Tribunicia Potestate meaning Holder of Tribunitian power. Tiberius had his 24th year of holding this title in 21-22AD.

Image credit: Museums Victoria


Mintage: Not known
Minted at Roman Mint.
Tiberius (Emperor 14AD-37AD)
Classification: Roman Emperor, Roman Imperial (96-235AD)

Tiberius [TIBERIVS IVLIVS CAESAR AVGVSTVS] was the second Roman Emperor, succeeding his stepfather Augustus. Tiberius was born in Rome on 16 November 42BC and was a successful General before becoming an effective ruler. He died in 16 March 37AD in Miseno (Italy) when he was almost 78 years old. His death was thought to be murder by Caligula and his supporters.
General Description: Roman
The Roman Empire was one of the largest Empires in history, covering most of Europe, Britain, parts of Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. It was in existence from 27BC to 476AD, more than 500 years. And all these places used Roman coins throughout the era.

Originally coins were minted only in Rome, but by the third Century there were mints in other countries too. These mints sometimes produced more than 2 million coins per month to meet demand. Coins typically depicted the Emperor on one side and some other image or letters on the other. During the Empire, more than 10,000 different types of coins were created using copper, silver and gold.

Roman coins are usually classified as:

- Roman Republican Coins (about 300BC - 27BC)
- Roman Imperial Coins (27BC - 96AD)
- Roman Imperial Coins (96AD - 235AD)
- Roman Imperial Coins (235AD - 476AD)
- Roman Provincial Coins

The Denarius was the standard Roman silver coin and there were a range of others. As a guide, in the early republic (after 211BC) there was the Sestertius (=4 denarii), Dupondius (=5), As (=10, a tenner), Semis (=20), Quincunx (=24), Triens (=30), Quadrans (=40), Uncia (=120) and Solidus (=1000, it was gold). Values fluctuated later due to debasement and inflation.

The standard gold coin was the Aureus and was equal to 25 denarii or 100 sestertii. It's not far off the weight of a modern gold sovereign. The Aureus was introduced by Julius Caesar around 49BC and was the principal gold coin until about the 4th century when it was replaced by the gold Solidus.

The great part of this is that you can put together a really nice Roman coin collection with very little money, as many coins (although not all) are common and inexpensive. The coins are the best part of 2000 years old and are exciting to collect.

For more information see our articles:
Which Mint: Roman Mint
The origins of the Rome mint are from the manufacture of a silver coin near to the Temple of Juno Moneta back in 269BC. Juno was the personification of money.

Due to the size of the Roman Empire, Rome could not produce all the coins needed and Roman mints were set up in 27 locations, and there were more than 600 provincial mints scattered about the Empire. During overseas campaigns, Generals such as Caesar and Marc Anthony would mint their own coins to pay their armies.

Mint marks were used on the coins to differentiate the mint of manufacture.
Country of Origin: Roman Empire
The Roman Empire ran from 27BC to 476AD and was the post-Republican period of ancient Rome. It covered a large territory of Europe, Northern Africa, and Western Asia. It was ruled by an Emperor.
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