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Julius Caesar, Imperator and Dictator, October 49 - 15 March 44 B.C.
Venus was the Roman goddess of love, beauty, desire, sex, fertility, prosperity and victory. Julius Caesar claimed direct descent from the goddess through her son, Aeneas, who survived the fall of Troy and fled to Italy. Caesar sacrificed to her and believed she would ensure he was victorious. The small star at the base of Venus' scepter is symbolic of her divinity. The star on the obverse was likely intended to advertise the beginning of a new age.
SH84760. Silver denarius
1071, RSC I
Imperators 106a, SRCV I
1412, F, light toning
, slightly off center on a tight oval flan
, right side of reverse legend
unstruck, scratches, light porosity
3.603g, maximum diameter
18.3mm, die axis
, moneyer P Sevullius Macer
, Jan - Feb 44 B.C.; obverse CAESAR
IMP, wreathed head
with eight rays around a central pellet behind; reverse
P SEPVLLIVS MACER
standing left, Victory
in her right hand, long scepter
with a star
at base behind in her left hand, Victory
facing left, holding wreath
in both hands
Catalog current as of Tuesday, October 17, 2017.
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