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Dual Portrait Octavian with Julius Caesar Rare AR Roman Imperatorial Denarius 43 BC Silver Coin Museum Reproduction CSRD0038


Silver Roman Imperatorial Denarius (18.6mm, 3.69g.) Octavian, dual portrait issue of him and Julius Caesar, Cisalpine Gaul mint, struck 43 B.C. References are found for the aureus type. The denarius is unpublished in standard references, however it is mentioned in the book “Guide to the Numismatic Collection of the Mint of the United States at Philadelphia, Pa, Issue 91” page 26.

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In the summer of 43 BC, following the battle of Mutina, Octavian demanded from the Senate one of the consulships recently left vacant by the deaths of Hirtius and Pansa. When the Senate refused, Octavian marched into Rome and organized consular elections. This issue was struck by Octavian after he became consul on 19 August.
This issue was hand struck in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (ancient Roman province Philippopolis). It goes without saying you always get the exact item in the picture.
The death of Caesar brought his heir Octavian into direct opposition to Antony; both presented themselves as Caesar’s political successor. Octavian, as Caesar’s legal heir, could claim not only Caesar’s name but a familial bond and this becomes a common motif in his coinage throughout the Triumviral period. He first minted coinage in 43 BC during campaigns in Gaul (RRC 490/1-4). Octavian chose a similar type to that of Antony, a double portrait coin. The similarity in portrait style is designed to closely link the men. The legends too aid in this purpose. The obverse reads C CAESAR COS PONT AVG (Gaius Caesar, Consul, Pontifex, Augur) and the reverse C CAESAR DICT PERP PONT MAX. (Gaius Caesar, Dictator for Life, Pontifex Maximus). Octavian successfully paired his portrait with that of Caesar throughout this period advertising continually the strong links between himself and the deceased dictator, links which could not be surmounted, even by Antony.
Obverse side
Bare head of Octavian, right

Reverse side
Laureate head of Julius Caesar, right

A perfect choice for Numismatists, Historians, Military Veterans, Collectors.

Weight 3,69 g
Dimensions 18,6 mm


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