About this artwork
The front (obverse) of this coin portrays the emperor Augustus, facing right.
On the back (reverse), Caius Caesar and Lucius Caesar (born to Marcus Agrippa and Julia the Edler) are standing, each resting a hand on a shield. Two spears, a lituus (curved augural staff) and a simpulum (ladle with long handle) are between them. The brothers were adopted by Augustus (their grandfather) as joint-heirs but died at relatively young ages (21 and 18, respectively) before they could rule. This coin commemorates their appointments as consul designatus.
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- Ancient and Byzantine Art
- Ancient Roman
- Denarius (Coin) Portraying Emperor Augustus
- 2 BCE–4 CE
- Obverse: CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F P[ATER PATRIAE] Reverse: AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PR[INC IVVENT], C L CAESAR[ES] in exergue
- Diam. 2 cm; 3.90 g
- Gift of Mrs. William Nelson Pelouze