Philip D. writes: I have an old coin, on one side it has a bust surrounded with some words I can’t make out except for (..esaravg..). On the reverse it has what appears to be an archer with S on his left and C on his Right. I think the coin is made of copper. Any info would be helpful. If nothing is known of this. What does the SC stand for? Thanks
Sounds like it might be a Roman sestertius. You’ve read only part of the legend…which is CAESAR AVG (Caesar Augustus) but you didn’t supply enough information to actually identify which Roman Emperor it is (His name appears before the CAESAR AVG). Could be anyone from Augustus Caesar and after. I’ll guess between 20 BC and 100 AD.
SC is the Latin abbreviation for “Senatus Consulto” or by the authority of the Senate. The Roman Senate had the authority to strike copper coins. The copper coins in this era were called the As, dupondius and sestertius.