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ROMAN EMPIRE, AUGUSTUS AR Cistophorus (3 denarii) of Pergamum. Struck 19 - 18 B.C.
Obverse: IMP IX TR PO V. Bare head of Augustus facing right.
Reverse: Triumphal arch surmounted by Augustus in facing triumphal quadriga; IMP IX TR POT V on architrave; S P R SIGNIS RECEPTIS in three lines within arch opening, standards at either side.
RIC I : 510 | BMC : 703 | RSC : 298
Very Rare.

This coin commemorates Augustus' triumphant agreement with the Parthians in 20 B.C. under which they returned the legionary standards captured from Crassus who had been defeated and killed at Carrhae thirty-three years earlier (53 B.C.). Augustus installed these standards in the Temple of Mars Ultor.
The reverse of the coin shows the triumphal arch which was awarded to Augustus on the occasion of his recovery of the standards. This was the second triumphal arch awarded to Augustus and, like the earlier arch which had been constructed in 29 BC to honour his victory over Cleopatra, this second arch, which archaeological evidence suggests actually incorporated the first arch, stood in close proximity to the Temple of Divus Julius at the southern entrance to the Roman Forum.

This is the rarest cistophorus struck during the reign of Augustus with the exception of the exceedingly rare issues featuring a sphinx.
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SPQR Coins  [May 29, 2011 at 06:21 PM]
Wonderful coin! I'd love to get my hands on one!
Lloyd T  [May 29, 2011 at 10:52 PM]
Wonderful example of an historically resonant coin type. I don't think I've seen another example outside of a reference book.
Noah  [May 29, 2011 at 11:56 PM]
Simply Fantastic!!
casata137ec  [May 30, 2011 at 01:11 PM]
Beautiful Coin!
Mark Z2  [May 30, 2011 at 04:13 PM]
Augustus' tousled hair and somewhat enigmatic look are fantastic! The stallions on the reverse are so lifelike in their stances, too!
Bruno V.  [Jun 03, 2011 at 12:00 AM]
Fantastic
Potator II  [Jun 08, 2011 at 11:23 AM]
I volunteer to acquire it when you get fed up...
Bud Stewart  [Jun 08, 2011 at 02:36 PM]
A truly fantastic coin! A 5-Star for sure.
Sam  [Sep 28, 2013 at 11:52 AM]
What an amazing piece of art. Is there a "7 star rating " here ?