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AUGUSTUS. AR Cistophorus (3 denarii) of Pergamum. Struck c.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.

This coin commemorates Augustus' triumphant agreement with the Parthians in 20 B.C. under which they returned the legionary standards captured from Crassus who was 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 may actually have 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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Noah  [Jul 10, 2008 at 12:37 AM]
lovely coin
romeo  [Jan 31, 2009 at 03:37 PM]
wow, truely great coin, love it!
randy h2  [Feb 27, 2009 at 11:42 PM]
indeed, very nice
ben aho  [Apr 13, 2009 at 03:11 PM]
That's a pretty nice coin.
laney  [Mar 30, 2010 at 11:26 AM]
Oh my gosh!
Charles S  [May 24, 2012 at 07:47 AM]
beautiful and historically significant coin. I especially like the portrait and the depiction of the horse statues on the reverse.
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