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    The Shield of Valor

    Augustus (27 BC-AD 14). AR denarius (3.99 gm). Spain (Colonia Patricia?), 19-18 BC. Laureate head of Augustus right, no legend / CAESAR AVGVSTVS S-P-Q-R, small shield (Clipeus Virtutis) inscribed CL V between two laurel branches. RIC -- (omitted in error, cf. 52a for aureus of this type). BMCRE 354. RSC 51. Deeply struck from fresh dies and magnificently toned. FDC.

    From the Rubicon Collection. Ex Millennia Collection (Goldberg, 26 May 2008).

    Among the honors voted by the Roman Senate to Augustus was the Clipeus Virtutis, or shield of valor, which was given, along with branches of laurel, to a soldier who had saved the life of a comrade in battle. Here we see the shield and laurel branches along with the formula S P Q R (for Senatus Populusque Romanus-- the Senate and People of Rome).


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