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    Charging or Kneeling?

    Augustus (27 BC-AD 14). AR denarius (7.38 gm). Lugdunum, 11-10 BC. AVGVSTVS DIVI. F., laureate head of Augustus right / Bull charging right, head lowered, IMP. XII in exergue. RIC 187a. CBN 1433. Very rare! Extremely fine.

    From the Rubicon Collection.

    Images of a 'charging' bull figure prominently on Roman coinage of the first century AD, starting with Augustus. The bull was Julius Caesar's natal sign, but the imagery more probably reflects the practice a large bull as an offering to Jupiter Optimus Maximus. The 'charging' bull in this case is more probably being shown kneeling down preparatory to receiving the fatal stroke.


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    September, 2011
    7th-12th Wednesday-Monday
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