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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL - Julius Caesar - AR Denarius
Rome, The Imperators.
Julius Caesar, 48 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.71g; 20mm).

Obverse: Head of Venus facing right; LII behind.

Reverse: Trophy with Gallic shield, carnyx and axe; CAESAR below.

References: Crawford 452/2; Sydenham 1009; HCRI 11; RSC 18.

Provenance: Ex Student/Mentor Collection [NAC 83 (15 May 2015) Lot 407]; ex Glendining's October 1965, Lot 22.

The Roman numeral LII behind the goddess' head on the obverse of this coin is accepted as a reference to Caesar's age at the time of the issue. There is some disagreement on the identity of the obverse goddess. Crawford identifies her as Venus, who is often depicted on Caesar's coins. Sear, in History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators, suggests Clementia (clemency) as the goddess, and a reference to Caesar's fairness to his countrymen following the defeat of Pompey at Pharsalus.
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Jay GT4  [Mar 14, 2018 at 01:22 PM]
A beauty!
Canaan  [Mar 30, 2018 at 09:14 PM]
Great coin, details and tone i love it!!
Simon  [Mar 30, 2018 at 11:57 PM]
*Alex  [Jul 08, 2018 at 11:38 AM]
Nice one.