The bes (plural besses) was an Ancient Roman bronze coin produced during the Roman Republic. Valued at two thirds of an as (eight unciae),[1] it was only produced in 126 BC by C. Cassius in combination with the dodrans,[2] another very rare denomination which was valued at three quarters of an as (nine unciae). The obverse head displayed the god Liber facing to the right.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Hersh, Charles A. (1953). "OVERSTRIKES AS EVIDENCE FOR THE HISTORY OF ROMAN REPUBLICAN COINAGE". The Numismatic Chronicle and Journal of the Royal Numismatic Society. 13 (43): 33–68. ISSN 0267-7504.
  2. ^ "Roman coins: As". Retrieved 2022-03-18.