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Copper Quadrantes

The smallest roman coin of the early Empire at 15-17 mm, a copper Quadrans was the Widow's Mite of the Bible.
Quadrantes
were not normally inscribed with the Emperor's name until the reign of Claudius.
The coin was in general use in the late Republic and the reign of Augustus (from 9 BC) but, after the reign of Nero,
quadrantes were probably only produced for Imperial largesse (public handouts).
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RC 2987 - anonymous issue (1st- 2nd century AD)

obverse - Minerva?
reverse - large SC

12

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Dupondii and Asi
 

A copper As was worth four quadrantes. A brass Dupondius (the same size as the as) was worth two asi.  Two dupondii made one sestertius. Normally the Emperor was shown wearing a radiate crown (as opposed to the usual laurel wreath) on the dupondius to help distinguish it from the similar sized (but different coloured) as.

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Caligula, 37 to 41 AD

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RC 2985 - Caligula (37-41 AD) copper as in honour of Marcus Agrippa


RC 2985 - Caligula (37 - 41 AD) in honour of his grandfather Marcus Agrippa
copper as of 37-41 AD
obverse - M AGRIPPA L F COS III - head of Agrippa
reverse - no legend - Neptune (with dolphin and trident)
45

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RC 2942 - Caligula (37-41 AD) copper as in honour of Marcus Agrippa


RC 2942 - Caligula (37 - 41 AD) in honour of his grandfather Marcus Agrippa
copper as of 37-41 AD
obverse - M AGRIPPA L F COS III - head of Agrippa
reverse - no legend - Neptune (with dolphin and trident)
195

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RC 2739 - Caligula (37-41 AD) copper as in honour of Marcus Agrippa


RC 2739 - Caligula (37 - 41 AD) in honour of his grandfather Marcus Agrippa
copper as of 37-41 AD
obverse - M AGRIPPA L F COS III - head of Agrippa
reverse - no legend - Neptune (with dolphin and trident)
225

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Claudius, 41 to 54 AD

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RC 2935 - Claudius (41-54 AD) - copper as

 
RC 2935 - Claudius (41-54 AD) - copper as (Rome 42 AD)
obverse - TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG
reverse - no legend - Minerva standing brandishing spear and shield
possibly a contemporary copy possibly issued by the Roman army.
The coin has an attractive patina.
70

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Vespasian, 69 to 79 AD

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RC 2741 - Vespasian (69-79 AD) - 'brass' dupondius


RC 2741 - Vespasian (69-79 AD) - 'brass' dupondius
obverse - [IMP CAES] VESP AVG [PM . . .]
reverse - [ROMA] SC - Roma seated
24

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RC 2906 - Vespasian (69-79 AD) - copper as


RC 2906 - Vespasian (69-79 AD) - copper as of 71 AD
obverse - IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III
reverse - AEQVITAS AVGVSTI - Equity (fair dealing) with scales and staff

75

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RC 2907 - Vespasian (69-79 AD) - copper as


RC 2907 - Vespasian (69-79 AD) - copper as of 74 AD
obverse - IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS V CENS
reverse - (no legend) - Spes (hope) holding flower and raising skirt.
Hope is always shown as a young girl going out in adult dress for the first time, raising her skirt clear of the mud.
85

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Domitian, 61 to 96 AD

RC 483 - Domitian (81-96 AD) - copper as


RC 483 - Domitian (81-96 AD) - copper as (as Caesar under Vespasian 69-79 AD)
obverse - [VESP] AVG F DOMITIANVS  . . .
reverse - no legend - Spes (hope) advancing, holding flower and raising skirt
40

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