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    Exemplary Caesar Aureus

    Julius Caesar as Dictator (49-44 BC). AV aureus (21mm, 8.12 gm, 5h). NGC Choice AU ★ 5/5 - 5/5. Rome, A. Hirtius, praetor, 46 BC. C · CAESAR - COS · TER, veiled head of Vesta right / A HIRTIVS P R, Pontifical emblems: lituus, jug, and axe. Crawford 466/1. CRI 56. Sydenham 1017. Calicó 36. Well-centered on a broad, medallic flan, with full borders both sides, exhibiting considerable luster and great eye-appeal.

    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. After Caesar's assassination, Hirtius initially supported Mark Antony but, after taking over as Consul in 43 BC, he raised an army against Antony at the instigation of Cicero and Octavian. His army defeated Antony at Mutina in April of 43 BC, but Hirtius was killed in the fighting; his consular colleague Pansa died days later, leaving Octavian and Antony masters of Rome. 


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