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    Charging Ahead

    Augustus (27 BC-AD 14). AV aureus (20mm, 7.89 gm, 7h). Lugdunum, 15 BC. ΛVGVSTVS DIVI • F, bare head of Augustus right / Bull charging right right, head lowered, left foreleg raised, lashing his tail, IMP • X in exergue. RIC 166a. BMCRE 450. Calicó 212. Biaggi 108. Well centered and cleanly struck, with considerable luster in fields. NGC AU 5/5 - 3/5.

    From The Lexington Collection.

    Augustus' large 'bull coinage' strike at the Gallic mint of Lugdunum came at a time of aggressive expansion for the regime. The bull is a visual reference to the city of Thurium in Lucania, to which Octavian's household had a strong connection. While serving as Praetor, the father of Octavian, Gaius Octavius, led Roman forces to victory over a band of rebel slaves near Thurium in 60 BC. Probably in commemoration of this Victory, Octavius bestowed on his then three-year-old son the cognomen Thurinus. Octavius died the following year and young Octavian soon dropped Thurinus from his name completely, but after his rise to power he recalled the familial connection by using a charging bull (the type used by Thurium in its Greek coinage of previous centuries) in its imagery. 


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