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    Rare Caesar Quinarius

    Julius Caesar, as Dictator (49-44 BC). AV quinarius (16mm, 3.88 gm, 8h). NGC XF 4/5 - 2/5, damage. Rome, 45 BC, moneyer M. Munatius Plancus. C • CAES DIC•TER, draped bust of Victory right / L • PLANC PRAEF • VRB, single-handled sacrificial jug. King 68. Crawford 475/2. CRI 61. Cohen 32. Very rare! Struck on a broad flan for type, one edge somewhat bent.

    L. Munatius Plancus was one of the few Roman aristocrats who managed to navigate the transition from Republic to Empire with his life, career and fortune intact. An officer in Caesar's army during his conquest of Gaul and the civil war against Pompey, Plancus was rewarded with the important office of Urban Praefect in 45 BC, during which term he struck both gold aurei and this rare quinarius (half-aureus). He was Proconsul of Galia Comata when Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC, and spent the next several years adroitly shifting allegiances from the pro-Senatorial faction led by Cicero, to Mark Antony, and to the Triumvirate, and finally to Octavian, the ultimate victor. In 27 BC he made the formal proposal that the Senate grant Octavian the unprecedented title of Augustus, by which he is known to history. As a reward Augustus named him to the prestigious office of Censor in 22 BC. The huge circular tomb of Plancus still stands on a hill in Gaeta, about 20 miles from Rome. 


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