From Art to Artifact:  Making Sense of Roman Coins

Quadrigatus

Silver Didrachm

This coin was minted between 225 and 212 BCE. Though the mint is uncertain, production at Rome is the most likely possibility.

Obverse: Twin-faced head of the Dioscuri, Roman gods associated with the cavalry. The head is crowned by a laurel wreath, which were awarded to triumphant military commanders.

Reverse: Jupiter charges in a quadriga, or four horse chariot, brandishing a thunderbolt in his right hand and a scepter in his left. The chariot is driven by winged Victory. In the exergue, ROMA in relief on a raised tablet.

Because of the quadriga on the reverse, this coin is commonly referred to as the quadrigatus.

Hood No. 993.15.29091
Crawford 29/3