Finally...a lifetime portrait of Julius Caesar

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Orfew, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. Orfew

    Orfew Supporter! Supporter

    Some of know I have been looking for one of these for at least a year. I enlisted the help of John Anthony and Fred Shore. Alas, they could not find one in my budget range. Today I won this coin in the Artemide Aste auction out of San Marino Italy.

    yes the coin has an obvious flaw-a deep scratch through the head of the portrait. Still, I really like the full legend on the obverse and I think the portrait has lots of charm to it. One bonus is that I came in way under budget (yay...more coins).

    I already have 2 coins of JC. One is the elephant denarius and the other is a posthumous portrait. I believe the new acquisition is a significant upgrade over the first portrait denarius (although I still really like this coin).


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    My first portrait denarius (bought from Frank Robinson)

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    My new acquisition

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    Julius Caesar. AR Denarius, 44 BC. Obv. Laureate head right; before, CAESAR IMP; behind, star of eight rays. Rev. P. SEPVLLIVS MACER. Venus standing left, holding Victory and sceptre (resting on star?). Cr. 480/3. B. (Julia) 32. AR. g. 3.68 mm. 19.00 RR. Rare. A very elegant portrait. Perfectly struck on broad flan. Areas of flatness and scratch on obverse, otherwise about VF.

    Please post your coins of Julius Caesar.
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  3. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    None to share, but a nice addition!
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  4. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Any portrait coin of JC is a good coin. Your newest is a very nice example.
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  5. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    The lifetime portraits are my favourite ones struck for JC. I am glad to see you finally got an example ... and a nice one at that too!
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  6. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Congrats on the acquisition, Orfew! A JC lifetime portrait denarius is an awesome coin to have and yours has a very nice portrait indeed.

    Julius Caesar - New 2017.jpg JULIUS CAESAR
    AR Denarius. 3.77g, 19mm. Rome mint, struck by L. Aemilius Buca, February - March 44 BC. Crawford 480/8; Sydenham 1061; RCV 1411. O: CAESAR DICT PERPETVO, wreathed head of Caesar facing right. R: L BVCA , Venus standing left, holding Victory and a sceptre.
    Ex David Sellwood Collection; Ex Seaby Coin & Medal Bulletin (1 Oct 1977) Lot 793
  7. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Any portrait JC is a good portrait, congrats.
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  8. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    I like it , the scratch doesn't bother me much, and thanks to the scratch you probably got it way under budget, good for you ! congrats

    Only have a bronze Julius , struck 6 years after his death , issued by Octavianus.

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  9. Gavin Richardson

    Gavin Richardson Well-Known Member

    That's a good portrait on a well-centered coin. Congrats.
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  10. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    A very collectible coin and uncommonly well-centered.
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  11. TheRed

    TheRed Well-Known Member

    Congrats on the new JC @Orfew is a great addition to your collection.
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  12. AncientJoe

    AncientJoe Supporter! Supporter

    Congrats! As others have said, any portrait coin of Julius Caesar is a worthy and exciting purchase.
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  13. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    KILLER CAESAR @Orfew ! Nice job on that last portrait! They are very tough to capture!

    Two photo perspectives of mine (Seller and ACSEARCH):
    Julius Caesar and P. Sepullius Macer.
    Ar Denarius March 44 BC,
    19 mm. 4.1 gm.
    Obv: CAESAR – DICT PERPETVO Veiled and wreathed head of Caesar r.
    Rev: P·SEPVLLIVS – MACER Venus standing l., holding Victory and sceptre resting on star.
    B. Julia 50 and Sepullia 5. C. 39. Sydenham 1074a. Sear Imperators 107e. Crawford, 480/14.
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  14. Orfew

    Orfew Supporter! Supporter

    @zumbly That is a very nice example.Thanks for posting it here.
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  15. Orfew

    Orfew Supporter! Supporter

    Very nice Brian. I have said this before but what a difference a photo can make.
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  16. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    LOL, agreed. MY photos are rotten. Just not the time or free space to do it.

    Here is an Elephant JC of mine. I like it as it was minted when he made a commitment and moved across the Rubicon. When the Elephant crossed, he kicked up a lot of mud... :):
    RR Julius Caesar AR Denarius 49 BCE Traveling Mint Elephant-Pontificates Sear 1399 Craw 443-1.jpg
    RR Julius Caesar AR Denarius 49 BCE Traveling Mint Elephant-Pontificates Sear 1399 Craw 443-1
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  17. IdesOfMarch01

    IdesOfMarch01 Well-Known Member

    This is quite a coin. The flan is oversize and contains all of the features of its type; all the features are readily identifiable and readable; the portrait is one of the more artistic you'll find on Julius Caesar denarii; and the condition is certainly conservative at a grade of about VF.

    I have one of this type too, and it was the history that I found overwhelming: a coin that was struck within a month of Julius Caesar's assassination. Just mind-boggling.
  18. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    I like the elephant. not sure why I just do. :)
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  19. Nemo

    Nemo Well-Known Member

    Fantastic catch Orfew, unusually nice and rare!

    Here's my favorite, a gift from my wife.

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    Gaius Julius Caesar
    February-March 44 BC. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.90 g, 5h). Rome mint. P. Sepullius Macer, moneyer. Laureate and veiled head right / Venus standing left, holding Victory and scepter; shield at base of scepter. Crawford 480/13; CRI 107d; Sydenham 1074; RSC 39. From the Jörg Müller Collection.

    Alföldi arranges Crawford 480 series coins in (44 BC) month order as follows:

    RRC 480/1, Buca - January
    RRC 480/2, DICT QVART - early February
    RRC 480/3/4/5, CAESAR IMP - late February
    RRC 480/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/14, DICT PERPETVO - early to mid March
    RRC 480/17/18, CAESAR IMPER - late March
    RRC 480/19/20, PARENS PATRIAE - April
    RRC 480/15/16, MARIDIANVS - April
    RRC 480/21/22, CLEMENTIAE CAESARIS and Mark Antony - April
  20. Orfew

    Orfew Supporter! Supporter

    Wow @Nemo A great coin and a wonderful wife!

    Thanks for the Affoldi chart. That would mean mine was minted near the end of February.
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  21. Orfew

    Orfew Supporter! Supporter

    Thanks very much @IdesOfMarch01 for the comments. I really like the portrait, the readable legend on the obverse, and I agree that the grade was quite conservative. I also agree with others here that the entering is remarkable.

    I agree with you concerning the history behind this coin. It is quite thrilling to know that I now own a coin of JC minted just a few weeks before his assassination. This is one of the main reasons I started collecting the 12 Caesars in the first place.

    Thanks again for the kind words.
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