Roman Republic, Julius Caesar. AR denarius, Military mint traveling with Caesar. Elephant trampling serpent

Ancient Coins - Roman Republic, Julius Caesar. AR denarius, Military mint traveling with Caesar.  Elephant trampling serpent
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Roman Republic
AR denarius
Julius Caesar
Military mint traveling with Caesar, April-August 49 BC
Elephant advancing right, trampling serpent / Emblems of the pontificate: simpulum, aspergillum, axe, and apex
3.85 g, 17 mm, silver
Crawford 443/1; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49; Sear 1399
There are multiple theories about the precise meaning of this type: is that really a serpent being trampled?; what does the serpent represent? etc.  One plausible explanation is that the serpent was a symbol of one of Rome’s prominent families that stood in opposition to Caesar and in support of Pompey and thus Caesar was announcing his intention to trample this opposition.  At any rate, these coins were struck around the time that Caesar and his troops crossed the Rubicon, making confrontation inevitable.
Caesar was also the Chief Priest (Pontifex Maximus) for the Roman religion.  Hence the priestly implements depicted on the reverse and the implied claim of authority.
价格 品种: 40172
US$ 630.00
  • € 563.79
  • £ 470.80
  • AUD 911.04
  • CHF 619.16
  • CAD 829.46

利率: 12/16/19

发货从: United States