Ancients: Augustus (27 BC-AD 14). AV aureus (20.5mm, 7.87 gm, 4h). ...
Rare Augustus AureusAugustus (27 BC-AD 14). AV aureus (20.5mm, 7.87 gm, 4h). Spain, Colonia Patricia, 18 BC. CAESARI AVGVSTO, laureate head of Augustus left / Triumphal quadriga left containing legionary eagle (aquila) and surmounted by a small quadriga, S·P·Q·R in exergue. RIC 107b. BMCRE 390. CBN 1182. RCV 1582. Exceptionally rare, with fewer than five specimens cited in the major sources. Small S-shaped banker's mark below chin, otherwise exceptional. NGC XF 5/5 - 2/5.
This rare aureus variety celebrates the negotiated return of the standards lost to the Parthians by Crassus in 53 BC and Antony in 36 BC. Though not a military victory per se, Augustus treated the standards' return as a triumph and paraded each legionary eagle (aquila) through the streets of Rome in an ornate triumphal chariot, or quadriga. They were housed in the Temple of Mars Ultor.
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