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Since today is March 15, AKA "Ides of March", post your coins Julius Caesar or anything related.


Julius Caesar (February-March 44 B.C)
AR Denarius
Lifetime Issue
O: Wreathed head of Caesar right; CAESAR downward to right, DICT PERPETVO upward to left.
R: Venus Victrix standing left, holding Victory in outstretched right hand and vertical scepter in left; L • BVC[A] downwards to right. L. Aemilius Buca, moneyer.
Rome Mint
Crawford 480/8; Alföldi Type XIV, 62–3, 67, and 69 (A13/R22); CRI 105; Sydenham 1061; RSC 23; RBW 1683.

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Here's mine.


Julius Caesar, 44 BC, denarius (moneyer P. Sepullius Macer), Rome mint, weight 3.40 g, diameter circa 20 mm, catalogue: Crawford 480/10; provenance: Ex Naumann 60/2017 lot 390
Obv: Laureate head of Caesar right; legend: CAESAR DICT·PERPETVO
Rev: Venus standing left, holding small Victory in right hand and a sceptre in left hand, shield at the bottom; legend:  P·SEPVLLIVS MACER Obraz


Of course, I also own this beautiful EID MAR.


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Julius Caesar
AR Denarius, 46/45 BC
Military mint travelling with Caesar in Spain
Obv.: Diademed head of Venus right, Cupid behind shoulder
Rev.: Trophy with oval shields between female and male seated captives, CAESAR in exergue
Ag, 3.90g, 18mm
Ref.: BMC 89, Crawf. 468/1, Syd. 1014

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 Ides Of March, March15, Julius Caesar, Brutus, Totally Stab Caesar, Beware The Ides Of March, Mean Girls, Gretchen Wieners

Of course it's a repro ...


But this one of Marc Antony is real:

Antony and Octavia cistophorus.jpg
Antony and Octavia.
AR cistophorus, 25.6 mm, 11.71 gm.
Ephesus, 39 BCE.
Obv: M ANTONINVS IMP COS DESIG ITER ET TERT, Jugate heads of Marcus Antonius and Octavia to right; he wears ivy wreath.
Rev: III VIR RPC, Cista mystica surmounted by figure of Bacchus, standing to left, holding cantharus and leaning on thyrsus; on either side, coiled serpent.
Refs: SNG Cop. 408; SNG von Aulock 6555; Franke KZR 472; RSC 3; Sydenham 1198; RPC 2202; Sear 1513; BMCRR East 135-137.

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My only coin from Uncle Julius in my collection actually...



Gaius Julius Caesar under Moneyer Lucius Mussidius Longus
Denarius of the Roman Imperatorial Period 42 BC
Material: Silver, Diameter: 19mm, Weight: 3,71g, Mint: Rome
Reference: Crawford 494/39a, CRI 116, RSC 29, RBW 1742
Provenance: Ex Roma Numismatics London , Ex Burgan Numismatique / Maison Florange
Laureate head of Caesar, right. Border of dots.
Cornucopiae on globe; on left, rudder; on right, caduceus and apex. Border of dots.
The Inscription reads: L MVSSIDIVS LONGVS for Lucius Mussidius Longus.
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I don't have a Julius Caesar coin, but I was very surprised to win this Brutus without breaking the bank



Oh, I do have a Julius Caesar. 


L. JULIUS L. F. CAESAR. 103 BC. AR, Denarius. Rome. 15.8 mm, 3.51 g
CAESAR, helmeted head of Mars left, [S (retrograde) above] / [L IVLI L F], Venus driving biga of Cupids left, holding reins and sceptre; [lyre to left], S (retrograde) above.
RSC Julia 4a; Crawford 320/1; BMC 1406; Syd. 593a

 Close Enough GIF by Overlook Horizon

Now a coin somehow linked with Julius Caesar, quite a rare type and I had to settle with a modest example, in better condition it isn't close to my price range.


Mn. Cordius Rufus 46 BC. Rome

Denarius AR

17 mm, 3,35 g

Corinthian helmet with crest on which an owl stands; RVFVS left / The aegis of Minerva with head of Medusa in the centre; MN CORDIVS around. Crawford 463/2; Sydenham 978; Cordia 4; BMC 4042.

Interesting notes I found:This type is ascribed to Mn. Cordius Rufus, monetal triumvir under Julius Caesar, before or after the dictatorship. The owl refers to Caesar’s prudence and wisdom; the warlike helmet and the aegis to his valour.

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The Caesarians. Divus Julius Caesar, 40 BC. AR Denarius (3.78g). Rome mint, Q. Voconius Vitulus, moneyer. Obv: DIVI IVLI; Laureate head right; lituus to left. Rev: Bull calf standing left; Q VOCONIVS above, VITVLVS in exergue. Ref: Crawford 526/2; CRI 329; Syd 1132; RSC 46. NGC Very Fine, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 2/5. Bankers' Marks. Ex Stacks Bowers Jan 2023 NYINC Auction (13 Jan 2023), Lot 20135. 


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My only Julius Caesar, currently:

Roman Imperatorial period Orichalcum dupondius?(17.0g, 28mm). Julius Caesar, dictator, Autumn 45 BC, Rome. Draped bust of victory right, wearing necklace. Wing visible behind shoulder. Before, CAESAR DICT TER/Minerva walking left with trophy over right shoulder and, spears in left hand and shield decorated with Medusa. Snake at feet. C CLOVI PRAEF around. Crawford 476/1a; Sear HCRI 62; RPC 601; Sydenham 1025; BMCRR 4125.

This coin has a strange place in the Roman monetary system as an orichalcum dupondius, unlike anything minted before. This coin was likely minted to be handed out during Caesar's triumph after Munda. Unlike his previous triumphs which were ostensibly celebrating victories over foreign enemies such as Juba(who were allied with Roman armies), this triumph was explicitly celebrating a victory over other Romans, by a dictator who had recently been granted a 10 year term. If this was not the moment that started the plot against Caesar, it very likely gave the conspirators a lot of ammunition for casting him as a dangerous threat to the Republic.


And Cassius:


The Liberators, AR denarius(19mm, 3.71 g, 6h). Gaius Cassius Longinus, Imperator with Publius Cornelius Lentulus Spinther, Legate, late 43-early 42 B.C., military mint with Cassius and Brutus, possibly Smyrna. Head of Libertas right, wearing veil and diadem; before, LEIBERTAS upwards; behind, C•CASSI•IMP updwards. Border of dots / Jug and lituus; below, LENTVLVS SPINT in two lines. Border of dots. Crawford 500/5; Sear HCRI 223.

Ex Andrew McCabe Collection, CNG e-Auction 408, October 25 2017, lot 440, ex JD Collection, Numismatica Ars Classica 78 part II, May 27 2014, lot 1892, ex Jacques Schulman 265, September 28 1976, lot 454, ex Auctiones AG Basel 3, December 4 1973, lot 328

his denarius comes from a joint issue of denarii and aurei of the Liberators Brutus and Cassius struck at a mint in the East(probably Smyrna), late 43 or early 42 B.C.. At this point in the civil war between the Liberators and the Second Triumvirate, Brutus and Cassius had met up in Smyrna(Modern day Ismir, Turkey) for the first time since the two parted ways at Piraeus(a port near Athens), Brutus for his Provincial assignment of Macedonia and Cassius for his assignment in Syria. When they left Italy, neither man had much of an army or much money, but while abroad both had raised considerable forces on land and sea for the cause of the Liberators and Cassius had managed to amass a considerable war-chest of gold and silver as well. A conference was called between the two men in Smyrna to plan their next moves in this war and prepare for the arrival of the Triumviral armies. It was decided that Cassius would bring his forces to neutralize Rhodes and Brutus, Lycia before meeting back up and moving towards Greece and eventually, Philippi.

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Denarius of Julius Caesar 44 BC Aemilius Buca moneyer Obv Head right laureate. Rv. Venus standing left holding victory in outstretched right hand and scepter in left. Crawford 480/4 4.34 grms 17 mm Photo by W. Hansen480-b.jpg.04a2d1cab5d9ed6b72a68343c56040a2.jpg

This coin was probably struck during the period of January- February 44 BC Those of you who followed one of the threads concerning pedigrees (provenance) would have noticed that this coin was one of those I discovered a hidden pedigree. Actually twice. Though it did not move the earliest date know by me for this coin very much. 

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Alas I have no coins of Caesar, so I have joyously been watching this thread and living vicariously through all the other posters 😁But! It is time for the annual watching of the final episode of HBOs Rome season 1 so that’s something to celebrate. Just spectacular TV, the assassination of Caesar is so real. RIP :[


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I have just recently reshot my JC denarii. Here they are






And below is my cheapest portrait of his :


JULIUS CAESAR and OCTAVIAN – Halved dupondius, Vienna (Gaul), ca. 36 BCE
•IM[P• DIVI•IVL•CAESAR•DIVI•F] bare headed portraits of Julius Caesar to left and [Octavian to right]
[C•I]•V Prow of galley to right, surmounted by superstructure and mast (CIV for Colonia Ivlia Viennensis)
33 mm – 10,58 gr
Ref : RPC # 517



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One of my favorite lot shenanigans - About 4 years ago I managed to snag a CNG lot of 4 Caesar denarii (one of which was a ratty fourree) including this one - the only lifetime issue of the group, and the final type issued in the weeks before his assassination


I managed to keep it for a paltry $200 but I had to part ways with the others to get there




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