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Augustus Caesar comet coin of Julius Caesar

ID Number: 5561
Category: Ancient Greek & Roman
Catalogue Number: RIC 1 340; Sear 1622
Grade: Fine
Weight: 3.53 g., 19 mm.
Date: 17 BC
Mint: Rome
Denomination: Silver Denarius
Pedigree: ex Dr. Adrian Carr, Sydney Australia
Ruler: Augustus 27 BC - 14 AD
Price: $700.
Additional Details

Augustus, in memorial of Julius Caesar, 27 B.C. - A.D. 14, silver denarius, type of Rome mint, issued 17 B.C. by M. Sanquinius, 3.53 g., 19 mm., Obv. around AVGVST DI VI F LVDOS SAE, herald of the Ludi Saeculares (Saecular Games) standing left, wearing long robe reaching to ankles and helmet with two long feathers, and holding winged caduceus upright in right hand and round shield, [ornamented with six-pointed star].  Rev. around M SANQVI NIVS III VIR, youthful laureate head of deified Julius Caesar right, above, a comet with four rays and a tail.  S.1622, RIC I 340, RSC Julius Caesar 6, BMCRE 70 = BMCRR Rome 4584, BN 273-276.

or better, Very Rare. 

The Ludi Saeculares or Secular Games had been celebrated in Rome since the 4th century B.C. The turbulent times did not permit them to be held in 46 B.C., and they were not reinstated by Augustus until 17 B.C., when the first coins marking the event were struck.

ex Dr. Adrian Carr, Sydney Australia, Nov 2016; ex Mike Smith 2004

Obverse side
Princess Kaiulani Collection
Reverse side
Princess Kaiulani Collection
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