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Semiuncial standard
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Reduction stage of bronze money introduced in 91 BC based on the lex Papiria (Plin. HN 33,46; RRC, p. 77; 596), according to which the as was reduced to 1/24 of the Roman pound (Libra [1]) = 13,64 g [1]. A part of these asses with the head of Ianus on the obverse show the letters L·P·D·A·P on the reverse above the prora (ship's bow), possibly for the words lege Papiria de assis pondere (RRC 338/1; p. 611).


1 Schrötter, s.v. Semunziaras/Semunziarfuß, 623.

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Stumpf, Gerd (Munich), “Semiuncial standard”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 09 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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