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I recently acquired a portrait coin of Julius Caesar. It's a posthumous type with young Octavian from Macedonia. It's a nice coin in great shape but still not a lifetime piece. Well it's still pretty cool and it has a great counter mark of a Capricorn. 




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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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I am fortunate to have a lifetime portrait denarius, struck January-February 44 BCE, so it doesn't have the DICT PERPET legend, but it's still a lifetime (and late lifetime at that) Julius Caesar portrait coin, so still pretty darn cool in my book.



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Nice JC coins everyone. Here are mine: 

Roman Imperitorial
Julius Caesar, 49-44 BC. 
AR Denarius (Lifetime Portrait), P. Sepullius Macer (moneyer), Rome mint, struck first half of March 44 BC
(17 mm, 3.53 g, 4 h)
Obv.: CAESAR [DIC]T PERPETVO Laureate and veiled head of Julius Caesar to right. 
Rev.: P•SEPVLLIVS - MACER Venus standing front, head lowered to left, holding Victory in her right hand and long scepter adorned with star in her left; to right, round shield set on the ground. 
Ref.: Babelon (Julia) 49 and (Sepullia) 4, Crawford 480/11, CRI 107b, RBW 1684, Sydenham 1072
Ex Münzhandlung Ritter Lagerliste no. 19, lot 327 (November 1983); Ex Collection formed in the Rhineland, Leu Numismatik Web Auction 24, lot 496 (Dec. 3, 2022)

Julius Caesar 
AR Denarius, African mint, 47-46 BC
(19 mm, 6h, 3.83 g)
Obv.: Diademed head of Venus to right
Rev.: Aeneas advancing to left, carrying palladium and Anchises on shoulder; CAESAR downwards to right. 
Ref.: Crawford 458/1; CRI 55; BMCRR East 31; RSC 12
From the inventory of Austrian coin dealer Zeno Pop (Z.P. (Austria)), Roma E-sale 107, lot 926 (March 16, 2023)

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I have a posthumous Macedonian bronze, as well, though a slightly different type. Ex Harlan J. Berk.

I find it interesting that the reverse die was so much smaller in diameter than the obverse - almost as if they are meant for different denominations. Is there a reason for this?


MACEDONIA, Thessalonica
Time of Augustus or later
AE (22.75mm, 7.08g, 7h)
Struck after 27 BC
Obverse: ΘΕΟϹ, bare head of Julius Caesar right
Reverse: ΘΕϹϹΑΛΟ-ΝΙΚΕΩΝ, bare head of Augustus right
References: RPC I 1555
Well struck and well preserved with a dark patina. An unusually fine and lifelike bronze portrait of Julius Caesar.

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Congrats, great coin, I was looking at these, but as my first purchase of the year I settled on a non portrait because price was right and I jumped on the opportunity..

JULIUS CAESAR AR silver denarius. North Africa, 47-46 BC. No legend, diademed head of Venus right. Reverse - Aeneas carrying Palladium, and his father Anchises on his shoulder. RCV 1402. 17mm, 3.5g.


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5 hours ago, CPK said:

find it interesting that the reverse die was so much smaller in diameter than the obverse - almost as if they are meant for different denominations. Is there a reason for this?

Looking at other examples this seems to be the case for all examples I seen, JC's portrait is always larger, I have wondered in the past if this is some sort of homage payed by Octavian 

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Coingrats on a very nice Julius Caesar portrait from Macedon!

Here's mine:


Augustus with Divus Julius Caesar

(27 BC-14 AD) MACEDON. Thessalonica. Obv: ΘEOΣ.

Wreathed head of Julius Caesar right; uncertain c/m on neck.


Bare head of Augustus right; Δ below. RPC I 1554.

Fine. 12.3 g.21 mm.

Former: Numismatik Naumann

The D has been interpreted as either a denomination mark (four assaria) or, more likely, a date - year four of the Actian era (28/7 BC). The ligate NK monogram has been generally accepted as a reference to Nero (Nerwn Kaisar). This is problematic considering that Thessalonica had abundant coinages issued under Claudius and Nero, such that countermarking these quite older coins would be unlikely. Touratsoglou (p. 105) follows Kraay's suggestion that the NK is an abbreviation for Nike (NiKh), and was applied to the coins during celebrations of the city's 50th anniversary of its grant of liberty by the Romans. All but two of the known specimens of this countermark occur on the coins of this first issue of Thessalonica, and the wear on the countermarks is nearly identical to that of the coins, suggesting that the countermarks could not have been applied very long after the coins entered circulation.

And everyone's favorite Julius Caesar...L.F. (Larry Flynt) Julius Caesar:


And more of the other one:




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Cool dual portrait on the OP

My actual coins of JC's






And in preview, a coin I haven't in hand yet (I'm usually reluctant to post beforehand) but should be here in a few days (dealer's picture and description)


GAUL. Vienna. Octavian, with Divus Julius Caesar. Dupondius (Bronze, 31 mm, 16.67 g, 12 h), circa 36 BC. •IMP•[CAESAR DIVI•]F [DIVI•IVLI] Bare heads of Divus Julius Caesar to left and Octavian to right, back to back. Rev. C•I•V Prow of galley to right, surmounted by superstructure and mast. RPC I 517. SNG Copenhagen 703-4. 


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Julius Caesar, Denarius, January-February 44, caesar imp, laureate head right, star behind, rev. p sepvllivs [macer], Venus standing left holding Victoriola and sceptre set on star, 3.48g/4h (Craw. 480/5b; CRI 106a; RSC 41). Slight crease by edge at 12 o'clock with resulting weakness.

Decided to settle for a budget specimen that will be a good place holder 😊


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Any coin of Julius Caesar is an instant conversation topic for collectors or non-collectors alike.

Here's my aureus, one of my most recent additions:


Ex. CNG Auction 45, March 18, 1998 lot 1813; Ex Münzen und Medaillen Auktion XXVIII (19-20 June 1964), lot 251; Helbing Auktion (April 1931), lot 290; Helbing Auktion (March 1928), lot 460

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Here's my (new) Julius Caesar portrait denarius.


Julius Caesar. Denarius. Mussidius Longus, moneyer, Rome, 42 BC.
Rev: Rudder, cornucopiae set upon globe, winged caduceus, and pileus.
Provenance: Ex James Knox Collection (Leu 12/2023) and Herbert Sukenik 'Mayflower Collection' (Hertiage Auctions 2012).
If you're interested, here is an article about Herbert Sukenik. 

Because I find it interesting:

Suetonius has left us an interesting and vivid account of some of Caesar's physical characteristics: 'He is said to have be tall of stature, with a fair complexion, shapely limbs, a somewhat disproportionately large mouth, and keen black eyes. His baldness was a disfigurement that worried him greatly. Because of it he used to comb forward his scanty locks from the crown of his head; and of all the honours that were voted him by Senate and People there was none that he accepted or made use of more gladly than the privilege of wearing a laurel-wreath on all occasions.'
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I have two coins of Julius Caesar in my collection.  Hope for more someday.



Military Mint traveling in North Africa
Weight: 3.82 g.
Reference: RRC 458/1/3b
Date Acquired:  Jan. 14, 2023
Provenance:   Purchased at the NYINC.  CNG Classical Numismatic Review volume XLVII, No 1.  Winter 2023.  ID 5616574
"Crawford 458/1; CRI 55; Sydenham 1013; RSC 12; BMCRR East 31; Kestner 3577-9; RBW 1600.


Obverse: Laureate head of Caesar r., border of dots

Reverse: Pax (or possibly Venus) standing l. holding caduceus & scepter; on r., L. FLAMINVS, downwards; on l., IIII. VIR upwards

Mint: Rome
Weight: 3.70 gm.
Reference: Crawford 485/1
Provenance: Superior Galleries, The Dr. Feori Pipito Collection Sale, lot 780, December 12, 1987.

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