The Romans were notorious not for their originality, but for their ability to adapt other peoples’ ideas to their own needs. They especially did this with religion, in which they borrowed most of their gods from the Greeks and Egyptians and simply gave them a Roman name. But one goddess which was uniquely Roman was Roma, who personified the glory that was the Republic and later the Empire.
This dime-size silver coin bears the most famous and durable design used by the Romans. On the front is shown the head of Roma wearing a decorated helmet, and on the back is shown Victoria driving a fast chariot. Victoria, the personification of victory, was ‘borrowed’ from the Greeks, as she is the equivalent of Nike. This particular coin was struck at Rome in the first century BC.