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Denomination Image Weight Used Multiples and fractions
AV Aureus 8g Late Republic. Principate Double Aureus (Binio),
1/2 Aureus (Quinarius)
AV Solidus 4.5g Dominate Multiples (gold medallions);
1/2 solidus (Semissis);
1/3 solidus (Tremissis)
AR Didrachm
(Quadrigatus)
7g Early Republic  
AR Victoriatus 3.5g Early Republic  
AR Denarius 4g Middle Republic through Principate 1/2 denarius (Quinarius);
1/4 denarius (Sestertius)
AR Antoninianus 5.8g Late Principate  
AR Siliqua 3.4g (heavy)
2.25g
(light)
Dominate Multiples (1.5 siliqua);
Fractions (3/4, 1/2 siliqua)
AR Miliarense 5.4g (heavy)
4.5g
Dominate Multiples (3 miliarensia)
AE Sestertius 27g Principate Double Sestertius
AE As (cast) 320g
(libral)
to
41g
(sextantal)
Early Republic Multiples:
Decussis, Tressis, Dupondius;

Fractions:
Semis, triens, quadrans, sextans, uncia

AE As (struck) 44g (Republic)
declining to 6.5g
(Principate)
Middle Republic through Principate Multiple: Dupondius (2 aes)
Fractions:
Semis
Quadrans
Sextans
Uncia
AE Follis 11.3g
declining to
0.7g
Dominate Fractions: 1/2, 1/4
Reduced folles are usually described as AE 3 or AE 4
AE Centenionalis 5.7g
declining
Dominate Multiple: Double
Fraction: 1/2

 


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