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    Augustus. 27 BC-14 AD. Aureus, 7.89g (7h). Lugdunum, 8 BC. Obv: AVGVSTVS DIVI F Head laureate right. Rx: C CAES AVGVS F Gaius Caesar galloping right, wearing bulla around neck, holding sword and shield, legionary eagle and two standards behind him. BM 498. Paris 1457. Cohen 39 (50 Fr.). RIC 198. A few dings. VF.

    In 8 BC Augustus introduced his twelve-year-old grandson and adopted son Gaius Caesar to the Roman army in Gaul. The bulla around Gaius' neck signifies that he was still a child and had not yet assumed the toga of manhood (J. Pollini, Gaius Caesar on horseback, Museum Notes 30, 1985).

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