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1. a silver coin of ancient Rome, often called a penny in translation
2. a gold coin worth 25 silver denarii
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an ancient Roman silver coin consisting of ten asses. It was first minted in 269 B.C. and contained 4.55 g of pure silver. A number of countries that had close trade ties with ancient Rome, such as the lands occupied by presentday Iraq and Yugoslavia, still retain monetary units derived from the Roman denarius.

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The denarii, known as the South Warwickshire Roman Hoard, will go on display in the museum in Market Square, Warwick, from July 9 for the venue's 60th anniversary.
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THE AA has predicted that by Easter, the Christian festival of Egg, we will be paying pounds 1.20 a gallon for petrol and by default one or two denarii more for diesel.
He recently commented: 'I am not antiantoniniani, but my interests lie primarily with denarii, sestertii, and the gold aurei and solidi.' My ears pricked up when I heard the coined (if you'll pardon the pun) term ANTIANTONINIANI, a rare 15-letter pyramid word, containing one O, two T's, three A's, four I's and five N's.
The 1,141 silver Denarii coins, the earliest dating from 206-195BC, were discovered in Stratford, Warwickshire, in July last year.
In Roman times, a pound of lavender flowers would cost about 100 denarii, which was about a month's wages for a farm laborer.
"I have written to you several times that I have bought ears of grain, about 5000 modii, on account of which I need denarii. Unless you send me something, I will lose what I have given as a down payment, and will be embarrassed, so I ask you: send me some denarii as soon as possible," it says.
The author has published a similar book for ancient Rome entitled Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day (reviewed below).
Too bad/about your wife, though, washing her hands/a hundred times a day./No doubt in time/to come someone will make a play of it./Tell her what's done is done--/what's one life less as long as it's not hers./Perhaps you'd like to bring her too next time.//That's fifty denarii, please.
If we could take a time machine to 300 A.D., we could visit hundreds of mints located throughout the Roman Empire all hard at work minting denarii for Emperor Diocletian.