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Officially, the Roman Empire has no formal title for its currency- rather, each denomination has its own specific title. Informally, when discussing Roman money in general, discourse favours the most common unit of Roman currency- the denarius (x)- as the unofficial title.

The value of Roman currency is fixed to the gold standard, with banknotes valued and issued against this standard. The denominations used to represent specific coins until reforms by Julius Nepos set the values of the denominations based on weight, with the aureus at the top, before Decius Capitolinus issued banknotes for the different denominations.

Denominations Edit

All values are represented in US dollars.

  • 2 aurei (Au) ($5120) = 40 solidi
  • 1 aureus (Au) ($2560) = 2 victoriati
  • 1 victoriatus (Vi) ($1280) = 10 solidi
  • 1 solidus (/-) ($128) = 2 quinarii
  • 1 quinarius (V) ($64) = 2 sestertii
  • 1 sestertius (HS) ($32) = 2 dupondii
  • 1 dupondius (H) ($16) = 2 asses
  • 1 as (/) ($8) = 2 semisses
  • 1 semis (Sm) ($4) = 2 quadrigati
  • 1 quadrigatus (V) ($2) = 2 denarii
  • 1 denarius (X) ($1) = 2 antoniniani
  • 1 antoninianus (An) ($0.5) = 2 quadrantes
  • 1 quadrans (Q) ($0.25)

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