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    Return of the Standards from Parthia

    Augustus (27 BC-AD 14). AR cistophorus (27mm, 11.49 gm, 12h). NGC Choice AU 4/5 - 3/5, die shift. Uncertain Asia Minor mint, ca. 19/18 BC. IMP • IX • TR • PO • V, bare head of Augustus right / MART •-VLTO, circular temple showing four columns on podium of five steps, military standard within. RIC I 507. RPC 2220. BM 704. Paris 989. Cohen 202. Despite the die shift on the obverse, magnificently sharply struck with artistic dies on a massive flan with lustrous surfaces. Some horn silver on obverse lower edge.

    The standards of Crassus that Augustus recovered from the Parthians in 20 BC seem to have been housed in a temporary small round temple, shown on this cistophorus, until they were moved to the permanent temple of Mars Ultor in the Forum of Augustus upon its completion in 2 BC.


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