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MISSILIA, now called by the Italians Medaglioni, is a term applied generally to the medals which the Emperors caused to be struck for their own espescial use, with a view to distribute them as presents among their friends.----The term Missilia was also applied to those gifts which princes scattered amongst the people on festival days, and which, like money, were in no danger of being spoiled by their being flung, as they were generally, from some lofty spot. Thus, according to Suetonius Caligula ascended to the top of Basilica Julia, in order to throw money to the people. Quim et nummos non mediocris summae e fastigio Basilicae Juliae per aliquot dies sparsit in plebem.----"Caligula", cap. xxxvii.