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    Divus Julius Caesar (died 44 BC). AR denarius (4.05 gm). Rome, 42 BC. L. Mussidius Longus, moneyer. Laureate head of Julius Caesar right / L MVSSIDIV[S] LONGVS around, cornucopiae resting on globe between rudder on left and caduceus and apex on right. Crawford 494/39a. CRI 116. Sydenham 1096a. RSC 29. With a well-centered and clearly struck obverse. Ch XF NGC 5/5 - 3/5.

    The Senate, largely purged of anti-Caesarians by the bloody proscriptions of the Second Triumvirate, formally deified Julius Caesar in 42 BC, allowing his adoptive heir Octavian to style himself as "son of a god." While the portrait of Caesar of this denarius of L. Mussidius Longus issued that year shows no attempt to idealize or deify him, the reverse alludes to his mastery of land and sea (rudder and globe), to his role as Pontifex Maximus (apex), and to the benefits he brought to the Roman people (caduceus).


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