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For an overview of legion coinage, see Legion coinage.
Legion denarius
FNV Legion silver coin.png
Icon Legion Denarius.png
Component of12 gauge coin shot
Base ID00176ac4
00137b9d (item)

Legion denarius is a miscellaneous item that appears in Fallout: New Vegas.


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Caesar's Legion uses two types of coinage, the denarius and aureus, as their main form of currency. They are presumably named after the Roman coins of the same names. They are minted by the Legion from scavenged[1] silver and gold, with each coin bearing the profile of Caesar. Despite Caesar's poor relations with the other factions in New Vegas, Legion currency is still accepted as payment in the Mojave Wasteland, even from NCR merchants, owing to the precious metals the denarius and aureus are minted from. The exchange rate is 4 bottle caps to 1 denarius, and 100 bottle caps to 1 aureus.


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The denarius (silver), which bears an image of a younger Caesar on the obverse and Caesar, Joshua Graham and Bill Calhoun on the reverse. The inscriptions are in Latin, "Caesar Dictator" meaning "Dictator Caesar" or "Absolute Ruler Caesar" on the front and "Magnum Chasma" meaning "Great Abyss" or "Great Fissure" on the back, referring to the Grand Canyon. The symbolism is simple - the denarius commemorates young Caesar's journey to the Canyon and his first victories as a dictator of the Grand Canyon tribes.


  • Legion denarius, mangled - a variant which can be found on the bodies of enemies injured with the 12 gauge coin shot crafted ammunition. Despite the description, it appears identical to the normal Legion denarius, but is worth only half the value: 2 caps instead of 4.
Icon cut content.pngThe following is based on Fallout New Vegas cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
  • Non-currency item versions of Legion Denarii exist within the game files of Fallout: New Vegas, but were not included in the final game. These versions are identical to the standard currency, but their trade value is affected by the player's Barter skill.
Icon cut content.pngEnd of information based on Fallout New Vegas cut content.



  • The denarius is one of two forms of currency used by Caesar's Legion, the other being the Legion aureus. Of the two, the denarius is both the least valuable and the most commonly found.
  • As with any form of currency in Fallout: New Vegas, Legion denarius is not affected by the player's Barter skill. The currency will always be valued at 4 caps, regardless of whether the player is buying or selling.

Behind the scenes

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Side note: in the olden days when we planned to support post-Hoover play, I did want to introduce two new forms of currency in the event that the player supported an NCR or Legion victory: an NCR $500 bill with either President Kimball or Chief Hanlon on it, depending on the ending, and something commemorating the Courier on the back, also a Legion double aureus (worth 200 caps) commemorating the Courier on the back and conquered General Oliver on the front (in the style of Vercingetorix on Roman coins following Julius Caesar's conquest of Gaul).

Yes. One of the things I wanted for post-Hoover play (that never happened, obviously) was an actual double aureus coin in the game with General Oliver's face on one side and something symbolizing the Courier on the back, in the spirit of the conquered Vercingetorix coins minted to celebrate Julius Caesar's victories in Gaul.

Both the denarius and aureus were a form of Roman currency used during the time of the Roman Empire, with the aureus being valued at 25 silver denarii.


  1. "Gold and silver have low melting points. They don't need to mine for it if they find it in some other form." - J.E. Sawyer, src