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    First Caesar Portrait

    Julius Caesar, as Dictator (49-44 BC). AR denarius (20mm, 3.53 gm, 5h). NGC Fine 4/5 - 4/5. Rome, January 44 BC, M. Mettius, moneyer. CAESAR • DICT-QVART, head of Julius Caesar right, wearing oak wreath, lituus left in left field / M • METTIVS, Juno Sospita, wearing goat skin headdress, in galloping biga right, brandishing spear held in right hand, shield on left arm. Crawford 480/2a. Sydenham 1057. Julia 31. Very rare - the first portrait issue of Caesar!

    This silver denarius is the elusive first portrait issue of Caesar, struck by the moneyer Marcus Mettius, an early supporter of Caesar's who had carried out important military and diplomatic duties during the Gallic and Civil wars. The obverse legend acclaims Caesar as Dictator for the fourth time (QVART); in February, Caesar was acclaimed as Dictator in Perpetuity, so this type was issued for less than a single month, accounting for its extreme rarity today.


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    January, 2019
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