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Julius Caesar, Imperator and Dictator, October 49 - 15 March 44 B.C., M. Metellus
In Feb 44 B.C. the senate named Julius Caesar dictator for life. Fearing that he wished to become king, on the 15th of Mar, 63 senators assassinated him with their knives. His assassination plunged the Roman Republic into 17 years of civil war, after which it would re-emerge as the Roman Empire.
SH06905. Silver denarius, BMCRR Rome 4143 (also G); Crawford 480/3; RSC I 34; Sydenham 1056; Sear Imperators 100; SRCV I 1407; RBW 1678 var. (H), near EF, Rome mint, weight 3.56g, maximum diameter 19.3mm, die axis 180o
, moneyer M. Mettius, Jan - Feb 44 B.C.; obverse CAESAR IMP, wreathed head of Caesar right, cymbium (boat shaped cup used as a wine ladle) and lituus (augural wand) behind; reverse MēMETELLVS, Venus standing left, Victory in her extended right hand, long transverse scepter in left hand, resting left elbow on shield which rests on globe, G (control letter) in lower left field; from the Scott Collection; rare
Catalog current as of Tuesday, August 20, 2019.
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