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    Julian Comet

    Augustus (27 BC-AD 14). AR denarius (19mm, 3.76 gm, 6h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 4/5, edge cut. Spain, Caesaraugusta (?), 19-18 BC. CAESAR AVGVSTVS, head of Augustus right wearing oak wreath / DIVVS IVLIVS, eight-rayed comet with tail upwards. RIC 37a. BMCRE 323-5 (Gaul 135-7). RSC 98. Excellent centering on this magnificent specimen of a very popular type. Very light wear on the high points do not diminish the eye appeal and the edge cut noted is not apparent.

    A comet that appeared in summer 44 BC was held to signal Julius Caesar's ascension to the heavens and proved quite useful in Octavian's effort to get the Senate to deify his adoptive father. The memory of Caesar's deification was revived in connection with Augustus' proposal to hold the Saecular Games in 17 BC and the "Julian star" is featured on his coinage in the years leading up to the event.


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    January, 2018
    7th-8th Sunday-Monday
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