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These were worth two Greek drachmas and carried the legend ROMANO, later to become ROMA.

The denarius was equal to 10 bronze ), each of which weighed 54 g. There were other coins such as the silver victoriatus which was in weight equal to three quarters of a denarius, the quinarii, worth half of a denarius, and other bronze and gold coins but these were not always widely or consistently used. 200 BCE only Rome now produced coins in Italy and the movement of troops ensured the wider circulation of Roman coinage.

As Rome expanded and took ever more treasure from her enemies silver began to replace bronze as the most important material for coinage.

This was especially so following the acquisition of the silver mines of Macedonia from 167 BCE, resulting in a huge boom in silver coins from 157 BCE. 141 BCE the bronze was devalued so that now 16 were equivalent to one denarius.

It was now no longer necessary to mark coins as Roman as there were no others in Italy and by the 1st century BCE Roman coins were now also being widely used across the Mediterranean.

Roman coins were first produced in the late 4th century BCE in Italy and continued to be minted for another eight centuries across the empire.

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