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    Augustus (27 BC-AD 14). AR denarius. Fine, bankers mark. Spain, Colonia Caesaraugusta, ca. 19/8 BC. Head of Augustus left, wearing oak wreath / Comet of eight rays (the "Julian Star") with tail upward. RIC 37b. BMC 326. RSC 97. Toned. Rare! Surface marks and scratches, inverted T-shaped bankers mark on neck.

    A comet that appeared in summer 44 BC was held to signal Julius Caesar's ascension to the heavens and proved quite useful in Octavian's effort to get the Senate to deify his adoptive father. The memory of Caesar's deification was revived in connection with Augustus' proposal to hold the Saecular Games in 17 BC and the "Julian star" is featured on his coinage in the years leading up to the event.


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    March, 2017
    16th Thursday
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