Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by rg3, Nov 6, 2017.
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My two Caesars:
I only have a couple to offer:
RR Caesar AR Denarius 49 BCE Traveling Mint Elephant-Pontificates Sear 1399 Craw 443-1
RImp Julius Caesar Lifetime P Sepullius Macer AR Den Jan-Mar 44 BCE 4.03g. CAESAR – DICT PERPETVO Veiled - Venus Victory sceptre star Syd 1074a Sear Imperators 107e Craw 480/14 Rare
Also missing is the rare Crawford 482/1, assigned by Crawford and most others to
Caesar. (However, I'm inclined to follow Sear in attributing 482/1 to Octavian. I commented on the type in Gemini V, where the following example most recently appeared: "Because of the typical Caesarian types (Venus and trophy) and the legend CAESAR IMP, this extremely rare coin has traditionally been described as a military issue of Julius Caesar, struck perhaps in Spain. David Sear in Imperators has plausibly argued that the coin is better seen as an early military issue of Octavian, struck in conjunction with the Mutina War in the spring of 43 BC. Sear points out that Caesar, in his massive coinages in Gaul and the civil war theaters, uses the cognomen CAESAR alone, without the addition of the imperatorial title. The only exception is the rare Sicilian issue of Allienus, Crawford 457/1, which is in many ways atypical. In contrast, Octavian's first portrait coin, Crawford 490/1, does employ precisely the legend C CAESAR IMP. The present coin then fits nicely as Octavian's initial military issue, quickly replaced by one bearing his portrait.")
Sadly, the Gemini coin above (previously Lanz, before that Naville X, Petrowicz Collection in 1925) is not in my collection.
@Volodya ! Unsure if I'll ever snag 452/4,5 but to be honest do not have 467/1b yet, so that may be next on the hit list. Thank you for the 482/1 info, fascinating tidbit regarding possible Octavian early issue. Guided me to dig a little deeper on 480/21, which apparently is thought to be one of Antony's early issues.
The Mostest Awesomist coins, as ever Phil... can you please take some photo lessons from dougsmit though, so we can all fully appreciate their beauty?
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