Roman Republic Quadrigatus 225 - 212 BC

Obv: Janiform head. Rev: Quadriga driven by Victory with Jupiter holding scepter and hurling thunderbolt with ROMA on tablet below. Metal: Silver 5.47 grams, 19 mm diameter. This coin is light weight and was probably produced during the second punic war when Hannibal cut off much of the silver supply. Condition: VF+ with some flat spots.

History of Roman Coinage

After winning the Fist Punic war, the Romans required that the Carthagians pay significant tribute. With this silver, the Romans produced a significant amount of silver coinage based on the Greek standard. Previously, the Romans used mostly bronze money or depended on silver coins from their Greek neighbors.