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Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.
Augustus' sun sign was Libra. We don't know why he selected the Capricorn as his emblem. Perhaps Capricorn was either his rising sign or his Moon sign. Popular astrology, of the newspaper kind, is sun sign astrology. The ancients tended to attach more importance to the Moon sign and rising signs. Perhaps Augustus selected the Capricorn because it is associated with stern moral authority.
SH84736. Silver denarius
, BnF I
1271 (same dies, attributed to auxiliary workshop, Colonia Patricia
), RIC I
126 (R2), RSC I
21, BMCRE I
346, Hunter I
145, SRCV I
aMS, nearly as struck, mint luster, well centered
and bold strike, a few light marks, obverse
die wear, uncertain Spanish (Colonia Patricia
?) mint, weight
3.809g, maximum diameter
19.7mm, die axis
, 16 B.C.; obverse bare head
right, dot border
capricorn right, filleted cornucopia
overflowing with grain and fruit on its back, celestial globe and rudder with tiller held between hooves, AVGVSTVS
below; from the Marcelo Leal Collection; scarce
Catalog current as of Friday, January 19, 2018.
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