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    AU Caesar Aureus

    Julius Caesar as Dictator (49-44 BC). AV aureus (20mm, 8.12 gm, 12h).   Rome, A. Hirtius, praetor, 46 BC. C • CAESAR - COS • TER, veiled head of Vesta right / A HIRTIVS P R, lituus, jug, and axe. Crawford 466/1. CRI 56. Sydenham 1017. Calicó 36. Well-centered on an exceptionally broad, medallic flan, with full borders both sides. NGC AU 5/5 - 5/5.

    Aulus Hirtius served as one of Caesar's legates in Gaul from about 54 BC and remained loyal during the Civil War  48-45 BC. He was appointed as Caesar's mintmaster in Rome in 46 BC, when he struck the first truly large issue of gold aurei from the spoils of Caesar's campaigns. These aurei, which bear a rather enigmatic veiled female head on the obverse (usually identified as either Ceres or Vesta), were used to pay Caesar's soldiers after the great triumphal parade. 


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