Augustus (27 BC-AD 14). AR denarius (19mm, 3.98 gm, 9h). N...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionAugustus (27 BC-AD 14). AR denarius (19mm, 3.98 gm, 9h). NGC Choice VF 5/5 - 4/5, light graffito. Spain, Emerita, under moneyer P. Carisius, 25-23 BC. IMP CAESAR AVGVST, bare head of Augustus right / P CARISIVS LEG PRO PR, horned Italo-Corinthian helmet between pugio (dagger) and bipennis (ax). RIC I 7a.
The classic Greek Corinthian helmet, with its large cheek pieces, nasal protector and small eye holes, was often warn pushed back on the head to provide the wearer with greater vision and air flow when not engaged in combat. The Italic variation on the Corinthian helmet was designed to be worn this way permanently; the eye holes, nasal and mouth opening becoming purely decorative and forming a distinctive "face." This helmet type is shown on this intriguing denarius type, with the bowl surmounted by what appears to be a pair of antlers.
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