So vein or savvy his coins show the same image of him his entire life, perpetually looking 25. Coming up on his own, epic victories and savvy politicking there's no debate he was as self made as well, oh wait, he wasn't. At all. It's very debatable whether he did much on his own. Marc Antony famously said, "A boy that owes everything to a name." Which is undeniably a true statement. Then there's the fact that he was sick just about every time battles broke out. We all know Agrippa took care of all the fighting for him. (One of Agrippa's greatest victories celebrated as that of Octavian) The stretch would be that Livia was the real political genius in the marriage... though, with how she menuvered herself from a relationship with a nobody to Augustus, while pregnant with another man's child, to getting her wiener of a son to be the heir to the empire and possibly even being behind his banishing his only daughter to a small island the rest of her life. Maybe the Livia being the brains theory does hold water. All that said, at the age of twenty, when he was told that Julius Caesar had named him as heir in the Great generals will, his mother and father begged him to pass on the honor as it was far too risky and perilous. They wanted him to stay out of the limelight and fighting. The young man refused his parents request and made an incredibly bold move that would change the world. Here's some of mine: Augustus SYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch. 27 BC-AD 14. Æ As 24mm,. Struck circa 27-25 BC. Bare head right / AVGVSTVS within laurel wreath. McAlee 190; RPC I 4100. Good VF Former: fortunancient Augustus with Divus Julius Caesar (27 BC-14 AD) MACEDON. Thessalonica. Obv: ΘEOΣ. Wreathed head of Julius Caesar right; uncertain c/m on neck. Rev: ΘEΣΣAΛONIKEΩN. Bare head of Augustus right; Δ below. RPC I 1554. Fine. 12.3 g.21 mm. Former: Numismatik Naumann Augustus Ae Diobol, 24 MM 8.65 GR AE Diobol Year 41 = 11/12 AD, Egypt, City of Alexandria. Head R. Rs. LMA in the oak wreath. L. Augustus Æ21 of Pergamon, Mysia. 27 BC-AD 14. M. Plautius Silvanus, proconsul, and Demophon. SIΛBANON ΠEPΓAMHNOI, the proconsul M. Plautius Silvanus standing left, holding patera, being crowned by uncertain male figure / Tetrastyle temple of Augustus; ΣEBAΣTON above, ΔHMOΦΩN below. RPC 2364; BMC 245. 4.93g, 20mm, 2h. Very Fine. Ex: Savoca blue Augustus, 27 BC-AD 14. Denarius (Silver, 20mm, 3.58 g), Lugdunum, 2 BC-AD 12. CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE Laureate head of Augustus to right. Rev. AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT / C L CAESARES Gaius and Lucius Caesar, on left and right, standing facing, each togate and resting a hand on one of two shields set on the ground between them; behind the shields, two crossed spears; above, on left, simpulum right, and on right, lituus left. BMC 519-533. BN 1651-1657. Cohen 43. Lyon 82. RIC 207. VF Augustus, with Agrippa. GAUL, Nemausus. 27 BC - 14 AD. Æ As (26 MM, 10.71 g, 12h). Struck circa 16-10 AD. Back to back heads of Agrippa, left, wearing combined rostral crown and laurel wreath, and Augustus, right, bare; c/m: D D with palm branch between the letters, all within dotted circle / Crocodile chained to palm branch, wreath tied to palm. RPC I 523; SNG Copenhagen 698 (with c/m); RIC I 155; for c/m: Martini, Locarno 10. VF, dark green patina. Rhoemetalces and Augustus (11 BC-12 CE). Thrace. Æ (19mm, 5.89g, 3h). Diademed head of Rhoemetalces r. R/ Bare head of Augustus r. RPC I 1714. Green patina, Good VF Please post your coins of Augy, your thoughts on his rise and the demise of the Republic or anything so densely painted in propaganda that there's no way to really know the truth.