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Aes grave (heavy bronze) is a numismatical term indicating bronze cast coins used in central Italy during the 4th and 5th centuries BC, whose value was indicated by signs: I for the as, S for semis and pellets for unciae. Standard weights for the as were 272, 327, or 341 grams, depending upon the issuing authority.

The main Roman cast coins had these marks and images:

Issuing cities

Main series were from Rome, Ariminum (Rimini), Iguvium (Gubbio), Tuder (Todi), Ausculum (Ascoli Piceno), Firmum (Fermo), Hatria - Hadria (Atri), Luceria (Lucera), and Latins. Other series have unknown provenance.


<gallery>Image:Vecchi 051.jpg|As (ca. 240–225 BC)Image:Vecchi 009.jpg|SemisImage:Vecchi 003.jpg|Triens (ca. 241–235 BC)Image:Aes Grave Quadrans3.jpg|Quadrans (ca. 230–226 BC. weight 63.19 g</br>Thurlow-Vecchi 26; Crawford 27/8)Image:Vecchi 005.jpg|Sextans (ca. 289–245 BC)Image:Vecchi 281.jpg|Quincunx (After 220 BC)Image:Vecchi 283.jpg|Teruncius (Apulia, Luceria. Circa 220 BC)Image:Vecchi 013.jpg|Uncia (ca. 275–270 BC)</gallery>

See also

Further reading

  • Haeberlin, Ernst: Aes Grave, Das Schwergeld Roms und Mittelitaliens einschließlich der ihm vorausgehenden Rohbronzewährung, Halle 1910.
  • Sydenham, Edward A.: Aes Grave A Study of the Cast Coinages of Rome and Central Italy. London, Spink, 1926.
  • Head, Barclay V.: Historia Nummorum, a Manual of Greek Numismatic, London,......
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