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    Corona Civica

    Augustus (27 BC-AD 14). AR denarius (19mm, 3.86 gm, 6h). NGC Choice AU 4/5 - 4/5. Spain, Colonia Patricia(?), ca. 19/8 BC. CAESAR AVGVSTVS, bare head of Augustus right. / OB CIVES above, SERVATOS below, oak wreath (Corona Civica) with ties upward. RIC 75a. BMCRE 376-7. RSC 210. A highly attractive piece, with a high-relief portrait of Augustus in his prime. Excellent strike and surface luster.

    Unlike his granduncle Julius Caesar, Octavian did not proclaim himself dictator, nor did he openly attack time-honored institutions such as the Senate. Instead he concealed his supremacy by carefully accumulating traditional titles and magistracies, placing the entire army and government under his direct control. He thus created the role of "emperor" as a constitutional autocrat. This denarius records Augustus as having been awarded by the Senate the Corona Civica or oak crown, awarded to someone who had "saved the citizenry" of Rome. 

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