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Octavian (Augustus) Extremely Rare AR Roman Imperatorial Denarius 27 BC Struck From Aureus Dies Museum Reproduction CSRD0004


999 Pure Silver Roman Imperatorial Denarius (21.8mm, 03.55g.) Octavian (Augustus), issues related to the Victory in the Battle of Actium, uncertain Eastern mint, struck early-mid January 27 BC. References for the aureus: C 1. Bahrfeldt 112 and pl. X, 24 (these dies). BMC 655 (these dies). RIC 544 (these dies). CBN 935 (these dies). Sear Imperators 434. Kent-Hirmer pl. 35, 124. Calicó 158 (these dies).

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After a tense period of civil war, Octavian’s decisive victory at the Battle of Actium in 31BC left Marc Antony with insufficient military support to win the war, and a year later Egypt was conquered and absorbed into the Roman Empire. Marc Antony and Cleopatra committed suicide, leaving Octavian as the unrivalled, sole ruler of the Roman world, a victory he was keen to advertise. This is issue is celebrating the acquisition of Egypt. It is typical of victory coinage, with the obverse depicting a portrait bust of the ruler (who was the victor), in this case Octavian, and the reverse depicting an image symbolic of the conquered nation, in this case a crocodile. The gold aureus is similar to a near identical issue of silver denarii struck in the previous year. Both coins hailed Octavian as son of the divine Julius Caesar, establishing his legitimacy on a political and religious level.
Obverse side
Bare head r.; below neck, small capricorn

Reverse side
Crocodile facing right, representing Egypt

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

Weight 3,55 g
Dimensions 21,8 mm


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