|Roman Republic. M. Aburius Geminus. Denarius, 132 BC, Rome mint.|
|Obverse:||Head of Roma with winged helmet right, behind GEM, below chin denomination XVI (ligated).|
|Reverse:||Sol holding a whip and reins riding a quadriga right, below M ABVRI (ligated), in exergue ROMA.|
|Dimensions:||AR, 3.85 g, 19 mm, 7h.|
BMCRR Rome 995.
|Condition:||Lustrous from fresh dies, light iridescent patina; minor scratch on obverse. Extremely fine.|
|Provenance:||From a private German Collection,
acquired at Gorny & Mosch 257 (2018), 642,
ex Numismatik Naumann 65 (2018), 480,
ex HD Rauch 103 (2017), 147.
|Comment:||In the 140s BC a reform rearranged the aes and silver coins and the value of the denarius changed from 10 asses (X) to 16 asses (XVI ligated). The new denomination mark is shown on the obverse of this coin. New researches show some problems with the revaluation, even after the ligated XVI appeared on coins, the X mark was also used.