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    Finest Example of Rare Caesar Type?

    Julius Caesar, as Dictator (49-44 BC). AR denarius (20mm, 3.65 gm, 3h). Sicily, perhaps Lilybaion, under A. Allienus, 47 BC. C · CAESAR IMP · COS · ITER, diademed and draped bust of Venus right / A · ALLIENVS PR · COS, Trinacrus standing left, right foot on prow, holding triskeles in right hand and cloak in left. Crawford 457/1. CRI 54. RSC 1. RCV 1401. Well struck in choice metal and showing few signs of circulation. An incredible example of this great rarity! NGC Choice XF? 4/5 - 5/5.

    This very rare type was minted when Caesar stopped over in Sicily in late 47 BC while preparing for his assault on Pompeian forces in north Africa. Aulus Allienus, Caesar's proconsul of Sicily, is named as the moneyer. The reverse shows Trinacrus, a son of Neptune, whose name probably derives from an alternate name of Sicily, Tinacria ("three cornered land"). Though minted in relatively small quantities, these coins saw heavy circulation, as most surviving examples display considerable wear.  This specimen, displaying almost no wear, is surely among the finest surviving examples. 


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    August, 2015
    13th Thursday
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