Ancients: Augustus (27 BC-AD 14). AV aureus (8.00 gm). ...
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This handsome Eastern aureus is usually attributed on stylistic grounds to the important mint city of Pergamum in Asia Minor, circa 19-18 BC, during Augustus' tour of the east. The striking anepigraphic reverse type depicts the sphinx, a mythological Egyptian creature, sometimes winged (as seen here), with a human head and leonine body. This image was initially used by Augustus as his personal signet, but was later replaced with the head of Alexander the Great because of the sphinx's association with Egypt, and hence Cleopatra.
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