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Series: Rome on the Danube.
The centre of cultural life in Noricum and home to the only great Roman amphitheatre to have been discovered on Austrian territory, Virunum was founded by the Emperor Claudius. His profile features on the coin’s splendid obverse over a background in which a Roman chariot is drawn by a pair of horses. The scene is taken from a Roman tombstone found in Virunum, which can be seen today on the wall of a church in the neighbouring village of Maria-Saal. It is a scene reflected on the coin’s obverse, where a horse-drawn Roman wagon passes in front of a temple as a blacksmith fashions prized Noric iron into swords for the Roman legions stationed in Virunum.