We are offering a 222-235 AD Roman Empire silver denarius. This coin was minted under Emperor Alexander Severus. This coin has light wear and most lettering is present. The obverse details are bold and well-struck, but the reverse is weak. In our opinion, we believe this coin to be in extra fine condition. Denarii from the time period were debased to a lower percentage of silver (78.5% to 50% fine).
Roman currency for most of Roman history consisted of gold, silver, bronze, orichalcum, and copper coinage. From its introduction to the Republic, during the third century BC, well into Imperial times, Roman currency saw many changes in form, denomination, and composition. A persistent feature was the inflationary debasement and replacement of coins over the centuries. Notable examples of this followed the reforms of Diocletian. This trend continued into Byzantine times.
Because of the economic power and longevity of the Roman state, Roman currency was widely used throughout western Eurasia and northern Africa from classical times into the Middle Ages. It served as a model for the currencies of the Muslim caliphates and the European states during the Middle Ages and the Modern Era. Roman currency names survive today in many countries (e.g., the Arabic dinar (from the denarius coin), the British pound, and Mexican peso (both translations of the Roman libra)).
T2 - XSSS - 1/22 - S40 - BC
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Please note on older coins such as the one offered here that it is not uncommon for them to have noticeable environmental damage, cleaning, or other defects. This is normal for coins of this age. We do our best to provide good pictures you can enlarge and make your own judgment from and in most cases, we will offer our opinion. Grading is not a science but rather an opinion!