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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Imperators| > |Octavian| > SH73575
Octavian, Consul and Imperator, Autumn 30 - Summer 29 B.C.
|Octavian|, |Octavian,| |Consul| |and| |Imperator,| |Autumn| |30| |-| |Summer| |29| |B.C.|, On the obverse Octavian is depicted as a terminus, a boundary marker, thus proclaiming that he had restored the boundaries of the Roman Republic. These boundary markers were named for Terminus, the god who protected boundaries. Sacrifices were performed to sanctify each boundary stone, and landowners celebrated a festival called the "Terminalia" in Terminus' honor each year on February 23. The Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus on the Capitoline Hill was thought to have been built over a shrine to Terminus, and he was occasionally identified as an aspect of Jupiter under the name "Jupiter Terminalis."
SH73575. Silver denarius, RIC I 270 (S), Sear CRI 427, BMCRR 4362, BMCRE I 637, BnF I 43, RSC I 116, SRCV I 1562, VF, handsome portrait, toned, some porosity, scratch on reverse, flan crack, Italian (Rome?) mint, weight 3.787g, maximum diameter 20.2mm, die axis 270o, autumn 30 - summer 29 B.C.; obverse laureate bust of Octavian as a terminus (boundary marker) right, thunderbolt behind; reverse Octavian seated left on curule chair, togate, Victory holding wreath in his right hand, left hand resting on lap, IMP - CAESAR divided across field; ex CNG e-auction 343, lot 425; ex the Colin Kirk Collection; scarce; SOLD










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