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Augustus, 27BC-14AD, Bronze

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I am told this was struck 25-23BC at Emerita Spain, and is about 26 mm.

I have found a very similar coin, a fiat currency, used to pay troops in the Cantabrian Wars (29–19 BC)
Obv: CAESAR AVGV TRIB POTEST - Bare head of Augustus facing
right. This legend is not readable.
Rev: P CARISIVS LEG AVGVSTI - Legend in three lines
Not sure if this is RIC 19 or RIC 20

 

 

I spent a couple hours reading about Octavia or Caesar Augustus. There is far too much history about this first Roman Emperor to summarize here. I haven't scratched the surface in my studies.

I also spent some time reading about Julius Caesar and his assassination, Marcus Antonius (Mark Antony) and Cleopatra VII (Cleopatra we all know).

The coin is quite worn but identifiable by the profile of Augustus on the obverse and what is read on the reverse. I believe the reverse translates to Publius Carisius Legatus Augusti or Publius Carisius, legate of the emperor (Augustus).

When I saw it I wondered who the bust reminded me of. Then it struck me.

Thank you, thank you very much!

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Very interesting coin!

I also have a worn coin of Augustus - this one struck under Tiberius about 20 years after Augustus' death.

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Bronze As 26mm (9.24 grams) Struck under Roman emperor Tiberius 34-37 A.D.                                                                      

at the mint of Rome, Posthumous Issue, Reference: RIC 82 (Tiberius),
DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER - Radiate head left. Large S C flanking eagle standing on globe

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Here are two recent denarii acquisitions of Octavian Caesar Augustus...

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Grade: Good very fine | Abbreviations
Catalog: RIC I 252.
Material: Silver
Weight: 3.65 g
Diameter: 20.56 mm
Uncertain Italian mint, possibly Rome.
Bare head right /
Pax, draped, standing facing, head left, holding olive branch in right hand and cornucopia in left; CAESAR down left, DIVI • F up right.
Cabinet tone. A well centered and well struck example.
from DVIN , Switzerland
 
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Denarius of Augustus with Capricorn reverse
from Harlan Berk
 
this last one is a neat denarius because it displays his advertising for all to know that he is the heir and adopted son of Julius Caesar. It portrays Octavius (now C. Iulius Caesar Octavianus), with a beard denoting that he is in mourning for the assassination of his deified adoptive father.
 
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My Augustus' bronze

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Augustus, As struck 7 BC
CAESAR AVGVST PONT MAX TRBUNIC POT, Bare head of Augustus left
M SALVIVS OTHO III VIR AAA FF, around SC
11.18 gr
Ref : RCV # 1685 var, Cohen # 516

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I love the Spanish interpretations of the portraits...Here's  one from Celsa...

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Spain, Kelse-Celsa. Augustus. 27 BC-14 AD. AE Unit (10.98 gm, 28mm). Velilla de Ebro (Zaragoza) mint.
Obv.: IMP. CAESAR. DIVI. F. AVGVSTVS. COS. XII, laureate head right.
Rev.: CN. DOMIT. C. POMPEI. II. VIR. C. V I. CEL, bull standing right. Abh. 811. VF.

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Very cool coin!  I'm intrigued by this:

On 7/14/2022 at 9:40 AM, thenickelguy said:

I have found a very similar coin, a fiat currency, used to pay troops in the Cantabrian Wars (29–19 BC)

Tell us more, please! ☺️

From the other end of the empire (possibly Pergamum? the mint isn't certain as far as I know) here's a dupondius sized AE with rostra mixed in with the wreath on the reverse, the point being to celebrate the victory at Actium.

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1 hour ago, Severus Alexander said:

Very cool coin!  I'm intrigued by this:

Tell us more, please! ☺️

From the other end of the empire (possibly Pergamum? the mint isn't certain as far as I know) here's a dupondius sized AE with rostra mixed in with the wreath on the reverse, the point being to celebrate the victory at Actium.

 

 

OK, well I only found that on this wiki page, it may be that this particular bronze issue of mine was not used to pay troops and a silver coin with a very similar design was.

Jeepers, I don't know hoot about anything except what I read and what I've been learning here on Nvmis Forvms. When it comes to Wikipedia, I am not always sold on it. Here's the link and if you look up in the top right corner, there is a coin that very much resembles mine in a picture. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Publius_Carisius

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Here’s a “fun” one! Not technically Augustus, but still Octavian. I actually don’t know much about this coin, received it as a gift. I believe it portrays Mars, and then there’s a military standard on the reverse. Other than that, I’m clueless! 

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45 minutes ago, thenickelguy said:

OK, well I only found that on this wiki page, it may be that this particular bronze issue of mine was not used to pay troops and a silver coin with a very similar design was.

Jeepers, I don't know hoot about anything except what I read and what I've been learning here on Nvmis Forvms. When it comes to Wikipedia, I am not always sold on it. Here's the link and if you look up in the top right corner, there is a coin that very much resembles mine in a picture. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Publius_Carisius

That's your coin alright!  Some great history with that one.  And I knew nothing about the Cantabrian Wars, so even that wikipedia link was helpful. 🙂 

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Here are a few of my Augustus denarii. I can see the likeness @thenickelguy !

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Augustus Ar. denarius, AVGVSTVS DIVI F, bare hd. r., rev., the Actian Apollo stg. l., holding plectrum and lyre, IMP X across fields, ACT in ex., Lugdunum mint (Sear, 1611; RIC 171a; Seaby 144).

ACTIUM VICTORY
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Augustus AR Denarius. Rome, 19-18 BC. M. Durmius, moneyer. M#DVRMIVS III#VIR#HONORI, head of Honos right / CAESAR AVGVSTVS#SIGN RECE#, bare-headed Parthian kneeling on right knee right, extending in right hand a signum, to which is attached a vexillum marked X, and holding out left hand below left knee. RIC 315 corr. (no stars); RSC 428; BMC 56Augustus AR Denarius. Rome, 19-18 BC. M. Durmius, moneyer. M#DVRMIVS III#VIR#HONORI, head of Honos right / CAESAR AVGVSTVS#SIGN RECE#, bare-headed Parthian kneeling on right knee right, extending in right hand a signum, to which is attached a vexillum marked X, and holding out left hand below left knee. RIC 315 corr. (no stars); RSC 428; BMC 56Augustus AR Denarius. Rome, 19-18 BC. M. Durmius, moneyer. M#DVRMIVS III#VIR#HONORI, head of Honos right / CAESAR AVGVSTVS#SIGN RECE#, bare-headed Parthian kneeling on right knee right, extending in right hand a signum, to which is attached a vexillum marked X, and holding out left hand below left knee. RIC 315 corr. (no stars); RSC 428; BMC 56Augustus AR Denarius. Rome, 19-18 BC. M. Durmius, moneyer. M#DVRMIVS III#VIR#HONORI, head of Honos right / CAESAR AVGVSTVS#SIGN RECE#, bare-headed Parthian kneeling on right knee right, extending in right hand a signum, to which is attached a vexillum marked X, and holding out left hand below left knee. RIC 315 corr. (no stars); RSC 428; BMC 56image.png.d97bc60587add1422b7dff11215ce002.png

Augustus AR Denarius. Rome, 19-18 BC. M. Durmius, moneyer. M#DVRMIVS III#VIR#HONORI, head of Honos right / CAESAR AVGVSTVS#SIGN RECE#, bare-headed Parthian kneeling on right knee right, extending in right hand a signum, to which is attached a vexillum marked X, and holding out left hand below left knee. RIC 315 corr. (no stars); RSC 428; BMC 56

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Augustus. 27 BC-AD 14. AR Denarius (4.00 g, 10h). Rome mint. L. Aquillius Florus, moneyer. Struck 19/8 BC. CAESAR AVGVSTVS, bare head right / RIC I 309; RSC 364; BMCRE 46-8 = BMCRR Rome 4553-5; 
 L # AQVILLIVS # FLORVS # III # VIR #, open flower, displaying six petals, stamen, and pistil. Augustus. 27 BC-AD 14. AR Denarius (4.00 g, 10h). Rome mint. L. Aquillius Florus, moneyer. Struck 19/8 BC. CAESAR AVGVSTVS, bare head right / RIC I 309; RSC 364; BMCRE 46-8 = BMCRR Rome 4553-5; 
 L # AQVILLIVS # FLORVS # III # VIR #, open flower, displaying six petals, stamen, and pistil. 

 

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Augustus. 27 BC-AD 14. AR Denarius (4.00 g, 10h). Rome mint. L. Aquillius Florus, moneyer. Struck 19/8 BC. CAESAR AVGVSTVS, bare head right / RIC I 309; RSC 364; BMCRE 46-8 = BMCRR Rome 4553-5; 
 L # AQVILLIVS # FLORVS # III # VIR #, open flower, displaying six petals, stamen, and pistil. 

I have to say that the last one is my favourite.

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