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46-45 BC Gauis Julius Caesar
Diademed head of Venus right, small cupid at shoulder behind

trophy of Gallic arms between two seated male and female captives

Spain 46-45 BC

Sear 1404

ex-Calgary coins

Minted for the Spanish campaign against the Pompey brothers, the obverse of this series is occupied by the head of Venus, ancestress of the Julia gens along with a small Cupid identifying her as Venus Genetrix. Caesar had recently dedicated a temple in the forum to her. The reverse revives the theme of victory in Gaul probably to remind his veteran legions of the glory and success in years past. These veterans who were overdue for discharge were now being called on to face the Pompeian threat for the third time in two and a half years.

SOLD Forum Auction May 2016
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Randygeki(h2)  [Aug 04, 2013 at 05:25 AM]
Lucas H  [Aug 14, 2013 at 02:40 PM]
The capive on the right is sometimes described as possibly Vercingetorix