Coin - Denarius, Julius Caesar, Ancient Roman Republic, 49-48 BC Numismatics Reg. No: NU 2180

Denarius issued by the Ancient Roman Republic, 49-48 BC
Issuing authority: Julius Caesar
Struck at mint moving with Caesar's army
Statement Of Significance:
The priestly objects on the obverse refer to Caesar as Pontifex Maximus. The reverse is understood as simply referring to the victory of good (the elephant) over evil (the dragon).
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 18 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 2.54 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: religions, religious artifacts
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Ancient Roman Republic
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: 49-48 BC
Denomination: Denarius
Obverse Description: Emblems of priesthood: a culullus (horn-shaped cup an emblem of the Vestales Virgines used for libations), aspergillum (brush that is dipped in liquid and shaken), axe (used in animal sacrifice) and apex (a spiked cap worn by the priests)
Reverse Description: Elephant advancing to right trunk raised, trampling a dragon; in exergue, CAESAR
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: off-round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Julius Caesar, Ancient Roman Republic, (2049 - 2048)
References: Crawford 443/1
  1. [Book], Professor Michael Crawford, Roman Republican Coinage, Cambridge University Press, 1974, 461, 735 Pages

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