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Denarius (Coin) Portraying Emperor Augustus

A work made of silver.
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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

2 BCE-4 CE

Artist:

Roman; minted in Lugdunum (now Lyon, France)

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

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Denarius (Coin) Portraying Emperor Augustus

Origin

Italy

Date

2 BCE–4 CE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Obverse: CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F P[ATER PATRIAE] Reverse: AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PR[INC IVVENT], C L CAESAR[ES] in exergue

Dimensions

Diam. 2 cm; 3.90 g

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. William Nelson Pelouze

Reference Number

1923.1253

Extended information about this artwork

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